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China Healthcare Facility Construction

China’s market for hospitals and senior center construction is large and growing, but government limits on procurement pose a challenge for U.S. firms.


According to growth targets in China’s national development plans and the “Healthy China” initiative, medical infrastructure is expected to have expanded from 2015 to 2020, with a 30% increase in public hospital beds and a 100% increase in private hospital beds.

According to China’s National Health Commission, by the end of 2019, China had 4,975,633 public hospital beds and 1,890,913 private hospital beds, representing increases of 16% and 83%, respectively, since 2015. In that same period, 7,906 of China’s new medical institutions were private hospitals, which now account for 65% of hospitals nationwide.

Affluent urban and rural residents and an aging population create demand for the construction of healthcare facilities and senior care centers.

According to an industry expert, the market size of hospital construction in China will be over $75 billion from 2020-2025, including $30 billion in infrastructure, $30 billion in digitalization (such as IoT and big data) and over $15 billion in medical equipment.

COVID-19 has exposed the issue of insufficient public health services in China. Many provinces have started plans to renovate, expand or build hospitals. Some of these projects can be found on this Chinese language industry website.

Many American hospitals come to China seeking partnerships that deliver patients to their U.S. facilities, or real estate developers that build hospitals with the American brand. The map below shows some of these existing hospital projects.

Chinese hospitals have also sought to expand their capabilities through partnerships with U.S. healthcare providers. Those partnerships extend across many provinces and cities in China, including:

Anhui province: 

  • Wuxi Meizhong Jiahe Cancer Center has a partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Guangdong province:

  • Guangzhou Concord Cancer Center has a partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Guangzhou R&F International Hospital has a partnership with UCLA Health 

Hainan province:

  • Boao Evergrande International has a partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Shaanxi province:

  • China Northwest International Medical Center has a partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine 

Shanghai municipality:

  • Cleveland Clinic Connected has a partnership with Cleveland clinic,
  • Delta Health has a partnership with the University of Columbia Heart Center
  • Jiahui International Hospital has a partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Shanghai Concord Cancer Center has a partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center

Zhejiang province:

  • Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital has a partnership with Mayo Clinic
  • Taikang-Mount Sinai Ningbo International Hospital has a partnership with Mount Sinai Health System

The map below shows the locations, as of June 2020, of those hospitals with U.S. partnerships in China.

Healthcare Institutions with U.S. Partnerships

Map that shows the locations of hospitals with U.S. partnerships in China as of June 2020.


Qualifications of Architectural Design Firms

  • Certifications are required for all architectural design firms that conduct business in China. Foreign design companies have difficulty obtaining such certifications, and most choose to work with a Chinese partner to overcome this requirement.

Foreign Competition 

  • U.S. companies face fierce competition from Chinese and third-country firms. 

Best Prospects: 


  • Hospital architectural and interior design
  • Senior care centers


  • Medical technology 
  • Healthcare IT

Management and Consulting Services

  • U.S. hospital official affiliations and the accompanying management and consulting services
  • Medical facility planning
  • Senior care management

Building Materials

  • Specialty building materials for healthcare facilities


Major Players

  • Hospitals
  • Hospital and Senior Care Center Investors
  • Real Estate Developers

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Major Trade Shows: (Events supported by the U.S. Commercial Service China Office)

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