Healthcare in Hong Kong
Healthcare in Hong Kong has been world class ever since the Hong Kong Hospital Authority took over the administration of its public hospitals in 1990.
Both public and private hospitals in Hong Kong are equipped with the latest medical technology operated by highly trained doctors. The region also carries some of the world’s highest healthcare costs, however, just behind the US and China.
Public hospitals charge higher fees for non-residents, although most expats in Hong Kong only use private hospitals. It is important for expatriates to have insurance with an overseas insurance company, and to make sure a chosen hospital is included in the coverage (almost all Hong Kong hospitals are included).
Doctors in Hong Kong regularly speak English, and many have received training from Western universities. Individuals who do receive accreditation from abroad are, however, likely to charge higher rates than those with similar local degrees
Public healthcare in Hong Kong
Private healthcare in Hong Kong
Private healthcare in Hong Kong is popular with expats because they don't cost much more, the service is better, patients don't wait as long and soft comforts such as privacy are more accessible. The special administrative region boasts 13 UK-accredited hospitals as well as an assortment of private practices and outpatient clinics.
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, however, choose from a wide variety of service providers.
Healthcare programmes vary widely, so finding out what’s 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.
Health concerns in Hong Kong
Emergency services in Hong Kong
Ambulances in Hong Kong are widely available and emergency ambulance services (EAS) as well as non-emergency services are available. Both government and non-governmental organisations provide services to Hong Kong residents including the Hong Kong Fire Services Department, Auxiliary Medical Services, the Hospital Authority and the St John Ambulance Association.
- 999 – Emergency hotline for ambulances, police and fire services
Private hospitals in Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3651 8888
Tel: (852) 2522 3141
Hong Kong Central Hospital
Tel: (852) 2522 3141
Matilda and War Memorial Hospital
Tel: (852) 2849 0111
Hong Kong Sanatorium
Tel: (852) 252 0211