There’s no medical test required for residency in Hong Kong, and you’ll find the medical system very easy to work out. General Practitioners (GPs) are your first port of call for basic illnesses (a system introduced by the British, meaning you’ll have a specific family doctor), and both public and private hospitals are excellent. You’ll probably have health insurance through your company, and their insurer of choice will have a list of hospitals and clinics that they have a relationship with. Check out the one nearest you and register yourself and your family to save time in the future.
Health insurance in Hong Kong is not mandatory, and if you’re not insured, standard illnesses or even broken bones and the like won’t bankrupt you, as long as you use the public system; however, private hospitals are expensive and if you’re going to be here long term you should consider private insurance. Some international brokers are Expatriate Insurance Services, Medibroker and International Medical Group.
The majority of Hong Kong’s 50 or so hospitals are public. These are four of the most well considered public hospitals in Hong Kong, and are all used to treating foreigners. All are open 24 hours to outpatients. They’re overseen by the Hong Kong Health Authority, and a full list of public hospitals can be found on their website.
Queen Mary Hospital
Large institution (1,400 beds, and Asia’s tallest hospital building) covering the Southern and Western districts; also a teaching hospital.
102 Pok Fu Lam Rd, Pok Fu Lam
General hospital with 600 beds and an impressive surgical department – note it does not cover paediatrics.
266 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
Wide range of clinical departments including paediatrics and obstetrics, in a large, modern facility with 1,800 beds.
3 Lok Man Rd, Wan Chai
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Major acute teaching hospital covering all kinds of primary care, with a range of clinics and particular experience with cancer, chest and heart diseases.
30 Gascoigne Rd, Kowloon
Below are all 12 private hospitals in Hong Kong. Many are religiously founded and affiliated, but accept all patients and you’ll find them little different to other hospitals. Times refer to outpatient services; all receive emergency patients 24 hours and visiting hours are usually 9am-9pm. For more information, see www.privatehospitals.org.hk.
Non-profit Catholic general hospital with 150 beds and a range of clinics including child care and maternity.
1 Old Peak Rd, Mid-Levels
Hong Kong Adventist Hospital
Christian non-profit hospital with high quality of care and a high-tech approach, with both Hong Kong Island and New Territories locations.
Mon-Thu 9am-8:30pm; Fri, Sun 9am-12:30pm, 2-4:30pm
Hong Kong Island
40 Stubbs Rd, Mid-Levels
199 Tsuen King Circuit, Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
Over 400 beds in a well-considered hospital with a wide range of clinics and a School of Nursing; also a center of Family Medicine training.
2 Village Rd, Happy Valley
Matilda International Hospital
Beautiful and pricy exclusive hospital on the Peak, with core services of maternity, orthopaedic, surgical and health assessment. Has affiliated medical services in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
41 Mount Kellett Rd, The Peak
St. Paul’s Hospital
Catholic hospital with over 400 beds and a good reputation for personalized care.
2 Eastern Hospital Rd, Causeway Bay
St. Teresa’s Hospital
Affiliated with St. Paul’s above, they have 600 beds and a wide range of specialties, as well as a nursing school.
327 Prince Edward Rd, Kowloon
Evangelical-founded hospital specialising in diagnostic and preventative medicine.
222 Argyle St, Kowloon
Hong Kong Baptist Hospital
Hong Kong’s first private hospital, this facility has 800 beds and is affiliated with the local Baptist Church. Note that it does not provide emergency services.
222 Waterloo Rd, Kowloon Tong
Precious Blood Hospital (Caritas)
Catholic hospital specialising in general medicine, surgery, gynaecology, orthopaedics and ophthalmology.
113 Castle Peak Rd, Sham Shui Po, West Kowloon
The newest of the city’s private hospitals with over 300 beds, this covers the New Territories area and has a wide range of clinics.
Tai Wai, Shatin, New Territories
Your first port of call will usually be your GP; below are some practices where English is spoken, either by native speakers or doctors with overseas training. For a full list, see www.mchk.org.hk.
Somewhere between a GP and an emergency responder, this service has a clinic but specialises in emergency house calls. A useful back-up to your normal GP.
16/F, Hing Wai Building, 36 Queens Rd, Central
Island Health Family Practice
Experienced and friendly clinic offering house calls and 24-hour emergency service. Part of the same group as the next two listings.
Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm
Shop 109A, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay
Central Health Medical Practice
Friendly family service specialising in obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics, family health and psychiatry.
Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm
3/F, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell St, Central
Southside Family Health Centre
Family specialists, including child psychology, speech therapy and counselling.
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-1pm
1/F, 2H South Bay Rd, Repulse Bay
Ken Lee Medical Centre
The Ken Lee Medical Centre offers Orthopedic, general surgery , OB/GYN services along with psychotherapy services.
Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, 3-7pm; Sat 10am-1pm, 3-5pm
Rooms 1825-27 Argyle Centre Phase, 1688 Nathan Rd, Mongkok, Kowloon
A chain of four practices around the territory, specialising in family medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology.
Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm, Sat 9am-12:30pm
5/F, Century Square, D’Aguilar St, Central
1501 Shui On Centre, 8 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai
G205 The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Rd, Repulse Bay
Razor Hill Dairy Farm Shopping Centre, Clearwater Bay Rd, Pik Uk, New Territories
This Singaporean medical practice chain offers health screening packages, diagnostic testing and dental services. There’s also an airport branch.
Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm, Sat 8:30am-1pm
29/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central
Suites 906-7 Lincoln House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Rd, Quarry Bay
Many of the hospitals and clinics above also provide dental services; below are some English-speaking specialists. For a full list, go to www.dchk.org.hk.
Bayley & Jackson Dental Surgeons
Founded over 50 years ago, this practice’s five clinics offer a wide range of dental procedures, as well as a 24-hour emergency service.
Podium Level, 210-218 Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, 2-6pm; Sat 9am-1pm
Shop G207 Repulse Bay Shopping Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Rd, Repulse Bay
Tsim Sha Tsui
Room 1401 Ocean Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm
Room 701-2 Wai Fung Plaza, 664 Nathan Rd, Mongkok, Kowloon
Unit 1301, Tower 1, Grand Central Plaza, 138 Shatin Rural Committee Rd, Shatin, New Territories
Tam, Hulac & Partners Dental
Aiming for “stress-free dentistry”, this practice’s two clinics offer pleasant environments with children-friendly facilities and expert care.
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm
Room 1506 World-Wide House, 19 Des Voeux Rd, Central
Shop G208 Repulse Bay Shopping Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Rd, Repulse Bay
Dr Raymond Li
Dentistry and orthodontics provided by UK- and Australia-trained doctors.
Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm
Room 1709 East Point Centre, 555 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay
Dr James Woo & Associates
US-trained dentists specialising in family dentistry, including emergency treatment.
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm
908 Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Rd, Central
A J Smith & Jain
Long-established clinic in Central with general, cosmetic and emergency services.
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-1pm
Room 703 Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Dr Gregory Taylor
Friendly American doctor specialising in dental surgery.
1501 Tak Shing House, 20 Des Voeux Rd, Central
Australian-trained orthodontic specialist in the heart of the city.
Mon, Thu-Fri 10am-1:30pm, 2:30-6:30pm; Tue 10am-1:30pm; Wed 2:30-6:30pm; Sat 10am-2pm
Room 1002 Manning House, 48 Queen’s Rd, Central
Hong Kong Japanese Dental Clinic
English- and Japanese-language services with standard dental treatments as well as whitening and orthodontics.
Room 1503 World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay