year, you do not need to be tested for AIDS. However, if you change your plans and extend your stay beyond a year, you will have to be tested in China.
You are strongly advised to keep up your existing insurance policies; you should also discuss with your insurance company how much coverage you will have abroad and how to apply for reimbursement of services rendered in China. Most Chinese health administrators will not be familiar with long, complicated insurance forms, and it is unlikely that they would be able to bill your insurance company directly. It is therefore important to clarify the procedures before leaving the United States.
Some long-term residents in China have recommended the Blue Shield International Blue Chip Plan based in Hong Kong, which is generally less expensive than many U.S.-based policies. Write:
Blue Shield International, Ltd.
Causeway Bay Post Office Box 30961
FAX: (852) 559-8492
Blue Shield International is one of many insurance companies based in Hong Kong offering policies that include the services of SOS Assistance. SOS Assistance allows you to contact a Western doctor in China 24 hours a day and will arrange for full-scale medical evacuations with reimbursement of expenses. SOS Assistance is also available as an independent policy. For information on SOS Assistance, contact:
International SOS Assistance (HK) Ltd.
GPO Box 2981
Beijing telephone (24-hour alarm center): 1-500-3388 or 500-3419
Philadelphia telephone: 215-245-4707
Another private company offering medical evacuation and insurance in China is:
Asia Emergency Assistance PTE Ltd.
Room 1010, 10th Floor, China World Trade Center
No. 1, Jianguomenwai Dajie
Beijing 100004, PRC
Note that if you are placing an international call to China, you must first dial the country code 86.
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