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Health & healthcare guide for expats in Hong Kong

Health & healthcare guide for expats in Hong Kong

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Health & healthcare guide for expats in Hong Kong

Health

The healthcare system in Hong Kong is well structured and organized and the country’s residents are some of the healthiest and happiest people in the world. The country also boasts high life expectancy – 84 years for women and 78 years for men – thanks to their great healthcare system.

  • The health care system overview

    Hong Kong has some of the most up-to-date state of the art healthcare facilities in the world. Their public hospitals are well equipped and hospital fees are charged according to eligibility. Expats who relocate to Hong Kong for business should be fully aware and informed of the employer’s health care plan. These plans are different and some can be restrictive with regards to certain doctors or clinics

  • Prohibited Medicine

    The importation of prohibited medicines is controlled under the Import and Export Ordinance, Chapter 60, Laws of Hong Kong. When bringing medicines into Hong Kong one must ensure that the medication is legal, of a reasonable amount for one person’s consumption and accompanied by a doctor’s prescription, one from your home country will suffice.

  • Emergency Numbers

    When you are an expat abroad it is important to know all the emergency numbers in order to look after yourself, family and your home. You always have to be prepared in case of an emergency to just pick up the phone and have help on the other end of the line. We have also included some useful numbers in this list, so you can print them off and keep them on your fridge.

  • Hospitals

    The Hospitals in Hong Kong are some of the best in the world with the latest facilities. There are both public and private hospital facilities available for the residents of Hong Kong and prices vary depending on your residential status and age. Most of the public hospitals are well equipped and have state of the art facilities. Private hospitals are no less impressive.

  • Pharmacies

    Hong Kong does not only have a very good healthcare system, but pharmacies are also widely available. There are currently 588 pharmacies in Hong Kong. A Hong Kong pharmacy is usually fully stocked full of all types of medicines available throughout the world, this applies to both prescription and non-prescription drugs. Over the counter medication is readily available, however most prescription medication is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

  • Health Insurance

    Many hospitals in Hong Kong provide affordable healthcare to eligible persons, however most expats have a private healthcare plan provided by their companies. It is always a good idea to be informed of the good health insurance companies, that way as an expat you can do your research on the best plan for you. Be aware that most insurance plans do not cover the pregnancy and must be paid for separately

  • Everything you need to know about giving birth

    Parents who are thinking of having a baby in Hong Kong have a lot to consider and plan for the pending birth of their little one. There are choices to make, with regards to going to a public or private hospital, ante natal care, delivery and birth registration. We have all the info for you about the different types of healthcare, including choosing your ob-gyn, having regular scans and ante natal care.

  • Giving Blood

    Donating blood can save someone’s life and if you are someone who donated blood in your home country, Hong Kong has an array of blood donor facilities. To protect both blood donors and recipients, the Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) must stringently screen donors (health history questionnaire, haemoglobin and blood pressure checking etc.) and shall only accept blood donations from those who meet all the set eligibility criteria.

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