The Best of Hong Kong's Healthcare Facilities 2015
Hong Kong has arguably one of the best healthcare systems in the world. A network of government-operated hospitals, which are open to all citizens, the entire operation only costs the Hong Kong government about three percent of their GDP. However for this amount, Hong Kong provides some of the most highly regarded hospitals in the world.
Hong Kong is particularly noted for having some of the best specialists in the fields of cardiology, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism as well as haematology, haematological oncology and neurosurgery.
All government-operated hospitals have state of the art equipment and facilities and most doctors have not only trained abroad but are often proficient in a number of different languages so that they can explain procedures more clearly to their patients.
As one of the most developed and ambitious states in Asia, Hong Kong delivers healthcare and medical practices that are among the very best the region has to offer.
In fact the healthcare on offer in Hong Kong is a subject of great pride for its people, with 54 hospitals across the state; 41 government-operated hospitals and 13 private hospitals for those who wish to use them. When a citizen falls ill they simply go to the hospital and are treated without charge; unless they are admitted, in which case they are billed for the food they eat during their stay and larger operations.
The government-operated hospitals run on a “no turn away” policy. This means that no-one is denied healthcare through lack of means and public hospitals are subsidized for residents on a low income. To have access to any type of public healthcare in Hong Kong, you need a local ID card which entitles citizens to various subsidies and healthcare benefits; however these are not applicable to expatriates.
Hong Kong also has one of the healthiest populations in the world. The life expectancy is 84 for women and 79 for men, the second-highest worldwide (as of a UN study carried out in 2011). Hong Kong hospitals lead the field in many surgical practices and the first live donor liver transplant was carried out in Hong Kong in 1993. To this day, in its health provision, Hong Kong stays ahead of the field and provides service and facilities that not only deliver for the resident population but also attracts high numbers of international medical travelers.Back To Top