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Healthcare in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Healthcare system is world-class and the local population is one of the healthiest in the world, with the average life expectancy of females at 86 and males at 80 (United Nations). Healthcare in Hong Kong is world-class in all procedures, including basic screening, to cosmetic screening, to high-end specialist care carried out by top medical professionals from around the world.

Healthcare, though, is extremely expensive in Hong Kong and one should certainly make sure that they are covered up to a reasonable limit with a trustworthy insurance provider. Remember – do not focus on price – you will regret it when the time comes to make a claim. If you are unsure, it may be worth going for one of the big players, like Cigna who are known for paying out on claims. For more on what to consider, read our guide to getting Global Health Insurance.

Hong Kong’s 13 private hospitals have partnered with the United Kingdom for international healthcare accreditation. All 12 private hospitals are “Trent Hospitals”, having been surveyed and accredited by the United Kingdom’s Trent Accreditation Scheme. The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine is an independent institution with the statutory power to organise, monitor, assess and accredit all medical specialist training and to oversee the provision of continuing medical education in Hong Kong. 

In addition, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has also accredited the postgraduate medical education (1994–present) in Hong Kong and allowed these graduates from the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine seeking RCPSC Certification and practising in Canada.

Accident & Emergency

If you or someone you care about are in need of emergency care while in Hong Kong there are numerous public hospitals around the island to be treated in. Dial 999 to reach an ambulance if the case is urgent. 

Finding a Doctor in Hong Kong

There is a wide choice of highly-qualified GPs in Hong Kong and usually you will be able to find a suitable practitioner within the locale you live in Hong Kong, or close to work- whichever you prefer. If you require specialist treatment while living in Hong Kong, you will have to go to your GP to be referred on. For a comprehensive list of Doctors in Hong Kong visit The Medical Council of Hong Kong (MCHK) website.

Dental Healthcare in Hong Kong

Dentistry in Hong  is world-class and also very affordable. Here you can arrange routine check-ups for Adults and Kids alike. Orthodontics are also plentiful. Refer to the The Dental Council of Hong Kong (DCHK) for a list of registered dentists in Hong Kong.

Before moving to Hong Kong or shortly after arrival in Hong Kong, it is strongly recommended that a certain number of vaccinations are received. Living in Hong Kong is very safe, but to be absolutely safe, and allow for travel in the region, one should vaccinate against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepititus A, Hepititus B, Typhoid, Cholera and Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR). Your Local doctor can provide further guidance on vaccine requirements in Hong Kong.

3 Responses to Healthcare in Hong Kong

  1. Jane.T April 9, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    I am moving to Hong Kong in a few months. I have been a bit worried about the healthcare system since I don’t know what to expect, but this clarifies things for me. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kris April 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I must admit I didn’t even know the number for emergency care in Hong Kong before I got here. Some of these things are really important to research before you arrive. Some personal advice, make sure you have sorted out your health insurance before you get to Hong Kong, you might find that it can be a bit expensive otherwise.

  3. Ayisha May 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    I have just touched down in Hong Kong and I am very keen to do a lot of travelling in the region, I had no idea that I needed to get those vaccinations, good to know, I will make sure to sort it out quickly! – Ayisha

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