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Medical Considerations: Vaccinations and Medical Facilities in Hong Kong

Posted: Jun 16 2014Last Updated: Jan 18 2016
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Vaccinations:  Medical care in Hong Kong is of international standard and health and hygiene standard are very high.   At present the Hong Kong Government requires no vaccinations, but one should be aware that Cholera, Dengue Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza, Malaria and Typhoid are prevalent throughout Asia.  There are very occasionally a few cases of Japanese Encephalitis in Hong Kong as well.   It would be wise to consult your doctor as to whether you should be inoculated against Hepatitis A and B, Influenza, Typhoid and Japanese Encephalitis (has adverse side effects).  Those against Polio, Rabies and Tetanus-Diphtheria are recommended by many doctors and health officials, regardless of where you live.

 

Note:  Although the scares as to the quality of various fresh and processed foods from occur more frequently than one would want China -- an unfortunate consequence of relying on a rapidly expanding developing nation for much of our food supply -- any concern is quickly dealt with by Hong Kong and Chinese authorities. This issue should not influence your decision on whether or not to relocate.

 

 

U.S. CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)

www.cdc.gov/travel

HK CENTRE FOR HEALTH PROTECTION

http://www.chp.gov.hk

HK CENTRE FOR FOOD SAFETY 

http://www.cfs.gov.hk

 
 
Medical Facilities:  Hong Kong enjoys one of the lowest infant mortality (4th) and highest (3rd) life expectancy rates in the world, in part due to its an excellent medical care system.  
 
There are currently over 36 public and 11 private hospitals and numerous public and private clinics.  To staff these are two medical schools and one post-graduate medical institution in development.  Traditionally Hong Kong doctors have also sought post-graduate qualification abroad, mainly in the U.K. because, historically, British qualifications were automatically accepted and no additional exams were needed.
 
The public health system is available to all Hong Kong Identity Card holders at fees that are capped at HK$ 100 per visit (or per day if a hospital stay is required).  However, although waiting periods for treatment can be extensive for non-urgent care.     
 
Private health care is also widely available at a cost comparable to any international city.  Most employers are required to provide medical insurance coverage to their employees.  Additional coverage is at the choice of the individual, and there are a large number of insurance providers happy to sign you up on one of their packages.
 
Listed below are the main websites for the public health authorities and a few private hospitals and medical clinics, to help you research what facilities are available.
 
 

HK GOVERNMENT – HEALTH CARE (info)

http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/health

HK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (public health)

http://www.dh.gov.hk

THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY  (public hospital system)

http://www.ha.org.hk

HK ADVENTIST HOSPITAL  (private hospital)

http://www.hkah.org.hk

CANOSSA HOSPITAL  (private hospital)

http://www.canossahospital.org.hk

MATILDA INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL  (private hospital)

http://www.matilda.org

HK SANATORIUM  (private hospital)

http://www.hksh.com/en

OWENS TRODD & PARTNERS  (private medical clinic)

http://www.otandp.com

QUALITY HEALTH CARE  (private medical clinic)

http://www.qhms.com

 

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