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There are three types of charges in Hong Kong hospitals based on whether it is for public or private health care. Your status as a resident is also a factor for the fees you should expect for medical services from hospitals.
You are required to have an Identification Card when living for an extended period of time in the country. This card entitles you to access the country’s public health facilities among other government services. Hospitals will determine the amount of fees and charges to issue patients based on two categories: (1) Eligible and (2) Non-eligible.
To be considered Eligible you should be:
- Holders of Hong Kong Identification Card issued under the Registration of Persons Ordinance, except those who obtained their Hong Kong Identity Card by virtue of a previous permission to land or remain in Hong Kong granted to them and such permission has expired or ceased to be valid;
- Children who are Hong Kong residents and under 11 years of age; or
- Other persons approved by the Chief Executive of the Hospital Authority.
Any expat or resident that do not fulfill the abovementioned requirements are automatically considered Non-eligible.
Hospital fees and charges under public and private healthcare facilities will also depend on your eligibility. There are three types of charges in Hong Kong hospitals.
The rates below are based from information from the Hospital Authority.
|Public Charge for Eligible Persons|
|Accident & Emergency||$100 per attendance|
|In-patient (general acute beds)||$50 admission fee, plus $100 per day|
|In-patient (convalescent, rehabilitation, infirmary & psychiatric beds)||$68 per day|
|Specialist out-patient (including allied health services)||$100 for the 1st attendance, $60 per subsequent attendance, $10 per drug item|
|General out-patient||$45 per attendance|
|Geriatric, Psychiatric & Rehabilitation day hospital||$55 per attendance|
|Public Charge for Non-eligible Persons|
|Accident & Emergency||$990 per attendance|
|In-patient (general hospitals)||$4,680 per day|
|In-patient (psychiatric hospitals)||$1,940 per day|
|Intensive care ward/unit||$23,000 per day|
|High dependency ward/unit||$12,000 per day|
|Nursery||$1,110 per day|
|Obstetric care||$39,000 – $90,000 (1-2 nights)|
|Specialist out-patient (including allied health services)||$1,110 per attendance|
|Day procedure and treatment at Clinical Oncology Clinic||$800 per attendance|
|General out-patient||$385 per attendance|
Here is a list of public hospitals in Hong Kong.
|In-patient (acute hospitals)
|In-patient (other hospitals)
|Intensive care ward/unit||$14,600 per day|
|Nursery||$925 per day|
|In-patient consultation (per specialty)||$680 – $2,780 per visit|
|Out-patient consultation (per specialty)
Here is a list of private hospitals in Hong Kong.
As one you can see health care is expensive in Hong Kong. This is why we at Village Insurance Direct recommend expats to get Health Insurance for more comprehensive care from a private health facility, minus the worry of soaring fees and charges. While public hospitals are equipped to manage numerous emergency situations having that peace of mind at times of unforeseen circumstances is one you must aim for when in a foreign country. This is especially a concern for expats with families.