Healthcare in Hong Kong

Healthcare in Hong Kong is world-class. Both public and private hospitals are equipped with the latest medical technology operated by highly trained medical staff, many of whom can speak English.

However, the region also carries some of the world’s highest healthcare costs – so expats should ensure that they have adequate insurance coverage. 


Public healthcare in Hong Kong

Anyone with a Hong Kong Identity Card is entitled to subsidised medical services, but foreigners without permanent residency must shoulder costs that are similar to fees incurred by private entities as services are charged at market rates.

Generally, the standard found in public hospitals is high, but service levels can be lacking and efficiency can suffer. Most expats therefore opt for private healthcare. 


Private healthcare in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has around a dozen private hospitals with international accreditation.

Private healthcare services are popular with expats because they don't cost much more than public services and come with the benefits of shorter waiting times and easier access to comforts such as privacy. 

Fees do tend to be slightly higher than in the public sector, and expats will have to organise some form of health insurance to cover costs. Health coverage is often included in employment contracts but expats who don't have such perks can choose from a wide variety of service providers offering various programmes and packages.

Healthcare schemes vary widely, so finding out what is included in an employer-sponsored scheme is important and, for those securing a plan themselves, comparing quotes before settling on a service provider is a good idea. 


Private hospitals in Hong Kong

Canossa Hospital

www.canossahospital.org.hk
Address: 1 Old Peak Road, Hong Kong

Matilda International Hospital

www.matilda.org
Address: 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital

www.hksh-hospital.com
Address: 2 Village Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong


Pharmacies in Hong Kong

There are plenty of well-stocked pharmacies in Hong Kong. Most are open seven days a week, with some operating 24/7.


Health hazards in Hong Kong

Air pollution in Hong Kong is arguably the region's biggest health concern. Despite the government's best efforts, pollution levels consistently fail the World Health Organization's safety standards.

As a result, expats with asthma and chronic respiratory diseases often have aggravated symptoms. Children, the elderly, and those with vulnerable immune systems are most commonly affected, while even healthy foreigners may suffer from nose, throat and chest irritation. That said, most healthy people exposed to air pollution for a short time experience no lasting negative effects. 


Emergency services in Hong Kong

Emergency services in Hong Kong are generally reliable, with more than 90 percent of ambulances reaching the scene of the emergency within the target time of 12 minutes. For ambulances, police and fire services, 999 can be dialled.

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