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China-Japan Friendship Hospital 北京中日友好医院


A state-run hospital with a pleasant foreigners’ wing. Medical staff speak English, but don’t always have overseas training. Services include general check-ups, internal medicine, pediatric, orthopedics, ENT. Specialist services, such as TCM and dental, may require appointment. On-site pharmacy. Registration RMB 100; pay by cash or credit card. In-patient services require a minimum RMB 10,000 deposit. 80 beds set aside for foreigners. Blood comes directly from China Central Blood Bank.


Yinghua Donglu, Heping Jie
Chaoyang District
8420 5122
Cash only


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User reviews of China-Japan Friendship Hospital 北京中日友好医院

Place to avoid

Reviewed by Oldexpat on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 11:02
Joined: Apr 14, 2009
Posts: 1

I had to share the experience of friend who went here. The doctors ability to analyse and detect the problem takes too long.
They gave some medicines which were just not effective for about 3 /4 days. Second visit same analysis , he gave up.
Place to avoid.

Ok for cold, little else

Reviewed by baixue on Wed, 01/05/2011 - 02:45
Joined: Apr 06, 2006
Posts: 0

If you know what's wrong with you, you can probably get it taken care of at Sino-Jap.

However, if you don't know what's wrong or if it could be serious, go somewhere else where you will actually be treated by competent doctors who care what happens to you.

I took a friend there because she was having a severe allergic reaction and couldn't breathe. The nurses wouldn't talk to us until after we'd registered even though I repeatedly told them that she couldn't breathe. What valuable information did registration provide? Her name, age, employer and cell number.

To make the situation worse, they gave her the wrong treatment for an allergic reaction, so it was really lucky that she didn't actually die. And to make matters worse, when she finally was doing a little better, the doctor gave her extremely over-priced vitamin C by I.V.

In an emergency, it's worth the money for an English-speaking environment with competent doctors who will actually get things right. My friend and I found out the hard way so that you won't have to.

Avoid like the plague... and if you have plague go overseas for treatment

Reviewed by danedwards on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 15:02
Joined: Aug 05, 2009
Posts: 664

It would take several hours to vent my true feelings about this place, but I'll try and sum it up in a few words.

A local person who I am very close to had to have an operation in this poor excuse for a hospital. Her mother handed over a "gift" of cash to the surgeon to ensure he did a good job. OK, that's standard procedure in China. What we didn't realise was that we were supposed to "tip" the anesthetist as well. Net result, the person I know experienced some intense pain during her op because she did not receive a proper dose of anesthetic.

To add insult to injury, the operation was completely botched. The organ the doctor was supposed to removed was only partially removed, which meant the problem recurred six months later. When we went back to see the surgeon he denied all responsibility and said it would be "too dangerous" to fix up the mess he had created. We ended up having to go to Australia to have the operation done properly. The surgeon in Sydney was appalled at what he saw of the China-Japan Hospital's handiwork.

I wouldn't recommend any hospital in China, since my impression based on visits, conversations with other patients and talks with doctors is that the China-Japan Hospital is actually pretty typical of facilities here. In any case, I can definitely say the China-Japan Hospital is stocked with incompetent cowboys who I wouldn't trust to treat a common cold, let alone anything involving a scalpel.

If I could give this place zero stars I would. I'd also sue them for malpractice.

Good for Foreign Students

Reviewed by HeiXiao on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 23:18
Joined: Jul 19, 2010
Posts: 14

If you are a student in one of the many universities in the Haidian District and don't have enough money to pay for the high-end international clinics, China-Japan Friendship Hospital is the place for you.

The doctors there are well trained and provide speedy and good service. The medical costs are reasonable. You do not feel exploited.

Best of all, it is close by so you can get there quickly in the event of an emergency.

It might be a good of you to save their number and address on your mobile phone just in case.

Crowded, needlessly complex application system.

Reviewed by Aier2 on Tue, 07/06/2010 - 13:22
Joined: Dec 02, 2008
Posts: 3632

Going to have to add something to the last two reviews of this place.

I can't say much about the skill of the doctors as I wasn't treated myself but I took someone there during dragon boat festival and ended up driving up there a couple of times due to the application process.

The place was recommended to me by other foreigners as an "international, foreigner friendly hospital", sorry but perhaps they are simply relying on this reputation to draw patients but it seems like the kind of place you'd find in some nongcun to me.

(what the hell?...I said "NONG-CUN", "farmer villiage")

Anyway, we queued up and signed in to the place on Dragon boat festival...queued up and went to some other desk to get some card, then tried to queued up to a third desk to pay and were told that the desk where you pay wont be open till after the holidays.
Couldn't have mentioned that before?

Queuing didn't really take that long so it wasn't a huge deal but if this is how they are organized it starts alarm bells ringing in the back of my mind about how they do other things.

Which brings me to the general state of the place: the plaster on the walls was falling off and looked ancient and the whole place seemed kind of dirty...maybe that's just cheap Chinese building materials.
Considering this place has the eyebrow raising name of "China-Japan Friendship Hospital" I can only assume it was built recently.
It was also very crowded with yokels, nothing wrong with that of course (If you like hanging out at Chinese bus stations.)

Worth noting that if you want to get a chance to see a doctor in the morning you'll need to turn up early.
Be there by 8 or latest 9, otherwise you'll need to wait till 2 or something.

I'm giving this place 2 stars cause I don't know what the doctors are like, might be great. And it could be worse...hospital in the south west nearly killed a friend of mine twice in two weeks by giving her the wrong drip.

So next time some laowai advices you to check out this place ignore them, go to Chaoyang Hospital instead.
The process is faster and the place is clean. There is a small about of queing involved but it's mostly painless, ring in advance to skip the actual queue for the doctor.

Need patience - but good medicine practiced here.

Reviewed by friendly-expat on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 16:50
Joined: Apr 02, 2010
Posts: 0

OK folks, this is where regular, normal Chinese folks go to the doctor, so you absolutely need to be either fluent or bring along a very good local friend with lots of time on their hands. This is absolutely one of the better local hospitals, but be prepared for at least a 2 hour experience, lots of confusion, close contact with crowds, a little bumping and shoving, unclean surfaces, tattered curtains, and some frayed nerves (usually others). To start, you need to get an ID card at the desk in the lobby vestibule (up the stairs from sidewalk), then stand in one of many long lines to register for an appointment and pay the doctor fee (7RMB for generalist; 14RMB for specialist), but you need to know which department or specialty you want (eg: gastroenterology, hematology, gynecology, etc.) and the Chinese name for it. You can pay cash or Chinese bank debit card. When you register, be sure to request and pay 50 jiao for a record booklet. They give you a computerized number and clip your records together. Then you need to find where the department is, go to that area of the hospital (usually a semi-enclosed hallway with rows of fiberglass chairs), stand in line to hand in your papers at the desk there, then wait in chairs for your name to be called (in computerized number order but be sure to pay attention for odd English pronunciations and word orders), then sit in front of the doctor's exact door, wait in line there, then the doctor calls you in. For tests, you need to pay first, get a number (where you pay), then bring that paper along with doctor's order to the proper place (blood draw, X-ray, etc.), then wait for your number to be called, etc. Of course, you then need to go back (perhaps some days later?) to talk to doctor about test results. For western prescriptions, you pay cashier and wait for name to be called in one location. For TCM (traditional chinese medicine) prescriptions, you pay cashier and wait for name to be called in a separate location. My prescriptions were 400RMB for 30 days of 2 different kinds of TCM and 600RMB for 30 days of western medicine. If you get hungry, there is inexpensive and clean Bao-zi and porridge in the "Shop" on ground floor, and vending machines (3-5RMB for water, cola, tea etc.) in most hallways. Best to go with a friend or two who can run errands for you while you wait in lines. And get ready for a real "local" experience. OK, but here's the GOOD stuff! The doctors are quite skilled, well-trained, intelligent, thoughtful, and generally know what they are talking about! Not bad for 7 kuai, eh? All you need is chinese fluency and lots of patience.