I was hoping to get some good insights here into the local health insurance options. but im still left somewhat bemused and confused. I got stung before with Parkway. I was charged over 5 times more than what I would back home in Europe for the same consultation. I was gobsmacked. But you learn the hard way I guess. From what I can make out - if above comments are accurate - health insurance here is still a bit of a scandal with exorbitantly high premiums. The problem I have is that until I can speak fluent Chinese (pigs will fly), going into a Chinese hospital on my own will always be a daunting and scary experience. When the doctor tells me I need to do this many tests and purchase this many boxes of pills for my sore throat, who am I to argue with him when I can hardly understand a word he is saying!!