Illness can be an inconvenience. Hopefully it can be staved off using over the counter drugs or simply copious hours of slumber.
There have been numerous cases of horror stories in Chinese hospitals, as well as occurrences of hysterical misdiagnoses. Combined with the language barrier, it’s unsurprising that many foreigners would prefer to avoid having to seek professional medical attention.
But—akin to having dinner with the in-laws—sometimes visiting the hospital is unavoidable. If you find yourself in this predicament, here are some words and phrases that will definitely help you out.
Meaning: Emergency Room
Excuse me, where can I find the emergency room?
Bùhǎoyìsi, qǐngwèn jízhěn zài nãr?
Hello, I would like to register. How much is it?
Nǐhǎo, wǒ xūyào guàhào. Duōshǎo qián?
Can I pay with my card at the pharmacy?
Yàofáng nàr néng shuākǎ ma?
Meaning: Outpatient department
The outpatient department is too full.
Ménzhěn de bìngrén tàiduō le.
Does the doctor have time to see me today?
Dàifu jīntiān yǒu shíjiān jiàn wǒ ma?
I need a nurse to administer an IV drip.
Wǒ xūyào hùshi bāng wǒ dǎ diǎndī.
The doctor told me I need to have surgery.
Dàifu shuō wǒ děi zuò shǒushù.
How long does it take for this type of bone fracture to heal?
Zhèyàng de gǔliè xūyào duōcháng shíjiān kāngfu?