As part of my Z Visa, I had to obtain police and healthcare approval to stay in China for the year.
The same documents you read about in the "How-to" section of my site are used here in the healthcare portion.
A contact of mine was talking with me and asking me to get my documents and passport ready. I met other contacts this morning and we drove to the hospital across the (huge) city.
Upon arrival at the hospital, I went to get my documents and couldn't find the only important piece of paper I needed: the medical exam report I spent weeks running around for in Canada wasn't amongst my documents! This was quite concerning. I was unsure if I would be able to stay, and if I had to get the tests done again, I was worried of the costs, and how long it would take to get them done. What frustrated me most was how I managed to keep these important documents on me and organized for the month of February while I ran around, and when I needed this document most it wasn't there! I was certain I hadn't removed it from the stack of papers I keep in my bag. After thinking about when I had it last, I think what happened was I didn't receive it back when I went to the Chinese Visa office, BIG MISTAKE! Note, from the start, print out the form twice, have the doctor fill it out twice and only give one original copy to the Visa office. Keep the second original for use at the healthcare centres when you arrive -- yes, you want to move abroad, do it!
I find out from my contact with me, I can do the tests the same day! And it costs 600¥ ($125). This includes: blood test, urine test, ECG, chest X-ray, vision test, blood pressure test, ultrasound, and basic height and weight measurements.
We start the process and I see a series of rooms all beside each other. Each room has a young medical professional standing outside and waiting. I pop into each room one by one. Spend a few minutes in each, then take my paper and head to the next one! All of those tests took less than 30 minutes and I spent weeks and hours doing them in Toronto at multiple different locations. I was amazed at the efficiency and frustrated at how complex it was in Canada. Yeah, it's free, but it took so much longer and substantially more coordination. If I had the choice between free and paying $125, you can bet your ass I'd pay the $125 every time.
Aside from being exponentially faster, free of the bureaucratic red tap and requiring bookings, one thing I noticed was neat and needed in Canada was the urine test (hope you're not eating lol). In Canada, you get those wide-mouth orange capped containers. Fine to pee in, but then they make you walk past all the patients with piss in your hand. And yeah, everyone does it, but everyone hates it! In China, the bad news is: you have to pee in this vile with a tiny opening at the top! The great news? Inside the washroom, they have a square door in the wall with a test tube tray. You open the door, place your tube inside, and wash your hands! On the other side of the opposing door to the box is the testing lab for blood, urine etc.
The nice thing about developed countries, is just that. However, developing countries have a distinct advantage of being able to observe what doesn't work in developed countries and change it. Secondly, in the "whatever gets the job done" mentality here, innovation is spurred in ways people in NA just don't think about!