1. Information for Patients
Macau’s healthcare system is divided into private and public and there are three main hospitals in the region, including one public hospital- Hospital Conde S. Januario; and two private ones- Kiang Wu Hospital and Macau University of Science and Technology Hospital. The government also provides free primary healthcare services to residents in numerous health centers
Macau has a universally accessible single-payer system funded by taxes collected by the government from corporations and residents. Services provided by the public health centers are freely accessible to all Macau residents. However, services provided by the Conde S. Januario Hospital are chargeable except for certain people, including civil servants and their immediate family members, students and teaching staff, oncology patients, infectious disease patients, psychiatric patients, drug addicts, residents over 65 years old, children under 13 years old, pregnant women, and other eligible residents). Macau residents also enjoy a waiver of 30% of the charges. Additionally, there are medical entities subsidized by the government and other institutions such as the Kiang Wu Hospital, the Workers’ Clinic and Tung Sin Tong Clinics, as well as private clinics and laboratories.
The Health Subsidy Scheme: Electronic vouchers are applicable to services provided in premises of enrolled health professionals.
2. Information for Health Care Professionals
According to the law, it is necessary to apply for relevant license in order to engage in the provision of healthcare services under private regime in Macau. Licenses for professionals providing healthcare services on an individual basis can be divided into the following categories: physician, dentist, doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, odontologist, herbalist of traditional Chinese medicine, massagist, acupuncturist, therapist, diagnostic and therapeutic technician and nurse. Applicants applying for the license to practice healthcare services on an individual basis must hold a Macau Permanent or Non-Permanent Resident Identity Card. The languages of instruction are Chinese, Portuguese and English.
Even though the Government provides various free or affordable medical services for its people, the local medical system is not a popular choice when it comes to more severe and complicated medical conditions, such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cancer etc. As such, there may be an opportunity for healthcare professional from outside of Macau to bring their skill set to expand the local healthcare system.
3. Information for Travelers
Doctors commonly speak Chinese (Cantonese) in a hospital setting. You can visiti the ministry of health website for more information!
Link to the Ministry of Health website