Hong Kong

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Hong Kong is divided into public and private healthcare and its quality in both research and practice is highly regarded globally. Healthcare is not universal and is of cost, but prices are nominal, and a majority of services are indeed free of charge to all Hong Kong residents. Hong Kong Healthcare is closely aligned with the Australian system but adopts a mixed service approach that is reminiscent of both Chinese and American care. While Private care hospitals are available, they are very few in number and accessibility in comparison to the public sector and tend to cater to wealthier patients.  Nonetheless, public healthcare is accessible and for a nominal fee for all residents of Hong Kong, covered by the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS) which is administered by the Health Authority, 


Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Hong Kong Authority or representation within your jurisdiction. Chinese Embassies can be consulted as well. Please consult the representative of a key Hong Kong medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Hong Kong. Fluency in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and English is required in order to practice in the country medically. 

Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese are the languages of instruction for medical education in Hong Kong.


Information for Travelers 
Private healthcare insurance is not required in order to benefit from Hong Kong’s health system and costs tend to be very low. Medical tourism is particularly frequent from rich Chinese citizens crossing the border for key procedures as well as from neighbouring poorer South East Asian countries, including the Philippines. 

The main language of the country is Cantonese as well as Mandarin Chinese, but many medical staff are fluent in English due to both previous colonial ties and medical education in both the UK and the USA. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country:  https://www.dh.gov.hk 

 

 

References:
https://www.internations.org/go/moving-to-hong-kong/healthcare
https://www.gov.hk/en/residents/health/hosp/overview.htm
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1726490115001458
https://www.fhb.gov.hk/download/press_and_publications/otherinfo/180500_sr/e_ch1.pdf
http://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/7118
https://www.allianzcare.com/en/support/health-and-wellness/national-healthcare-systems/hong-kong-healthcare.html