The Medical

A warning for anyone who is thinking of entering China to work and live.  DO NOT do your medical before you arrive!

Owen and I spent a great deal of time, effort and money running around in the UK to get blood work, chest x-rays and ECG completed.  Multiple visits to multiple places.  After all that, it was not sufficient for China so we had to do it all again anyway.  But, how efficient it was: in the facility at 8.30am out by 10.00am – completely finished.  It is like a conveyor belt of doctors – you start in one room for height and weight and general questions, move into the next room for chest x-ray, next room for blood work, next room for eye test, next room for ECG, next room for abdomen ultrasound scan. Done!  I was so impressed and then so mad at myself for wasting time in England when this process was so easy and straightforward.

The medical report is a critical step in obtaining a residence permit and every foreigner over the age of 18 must have a certified medical report to move on to the next step in the process.

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