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Hong Kong (City) - Healthcare & Medical Treatment


Important Phone Numbers:

For emergency assistance (Fire / Ambulance): 995 (toll-free)

Police: 999 (toll-free)

For non-emergency ambulance assistance: 1777

Typhoon Signal Enquiries: 2835 1475

Some useful Cantonese terms: Doctor for Western treatment – "Yee Sang". Doctor for Chinese treatment – "Chung Yee".

In Hong Kong, the Department of Health (www.info.gov.hk) oversees health policies for its residents. Hong Kong hospitals are well equipped and the general standard of health care compares well with other developed countries. There are two main options for healthcare in Hong Kong: public and private healthcare, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage of public healthcare services is the cost. However, expect to wait, and do not expect all public healthcare practitioners to speak English.

For most expatriates working in Hong Kong, healthcare insurance would be sponsored by the employer, as it is a pre-requisite that employers in Hong Kong ensure that their employers do not overly tax the Hong Kong public healthcare system. Private healthcare can be expensive, and therefore it would be useful to check with your employer regarding healthcare insurance.

For a summary list of the public hospitals in Hong Kong, click here. A useful list of private healthcare institutions, nursing homes and registered clinics is available at www.dh.gov.hk. The website is updated regularly. For a directory of registered doctors practicing in Hong Kong, visit www.hkdoctors.org. The website is maintained by the Hong Kong Medical Association and provides links to individual doctor's websites.

Hong Kong is proud of its low infant mortality rate and excellent women and child health care. Some expatriates located in other parts of China (especially in Southern China) do consider having their babies in Hong Kong due to the excellent support given to women and children. The Family Health Service website provides comprehensive healthcare information about maternity, women and child care (from birth up to 5 years) in Hong Kong. There are several useful website links for related topics, and there is a helpful list of baby care and nursing rooms in government facilities available for download. These healthcare services are available for residents and non-residents in Hong Kong. There are 31 Maternal and Child Health Centers (MCHCs) and 3 Woman Health Centers (WHCs) in Hong Kong.


Pharmacies in Hong Kong

You will find that pharmacies ("Yuek Fong" in Cantonese) in Hong Kong are run in a similar manner to those in western countries. Look out for the "RX" symbol. Homegrown Watson's and Manning's have a good range of off-the-shelf medications. Some pharmacies are open 24 hours daily. Pharmacies found in hospitals or clinics will generally service only prescription medication.



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