Ears, nose and throat (ENT) doctors (aka otorhinolaryngologists) are responsible for some basic yet essential functions in our body. If you or your child have been advised to see an ENT doctor, Healthy Matters has researched and produced the expert resource with all the details you need.
Methodology: This guide does not aim to be exhaustive. It is informative only and based on our independent research. No practitioner or clinic paid any fees or rendered any services in exchange of inclusion in this article.
What is an ENT Doctor?
ENT Doctors are medical doctors specialising in the study and treatment of issues related to ears, nose and throat, as well as the head and neck, mouth, sinuses, and larynx (voicebox).
ENT doctors are technically called otorhinolaryngologists. They are licensed to perform surgeries and treatments for these body parts. They can also detect abnormalities in these organs.
ENT Doctors & Plastic Surgery
Surprise! As much as these two terms do not sound related at all, facial plastic surgery is in fact a subspecialty of otorhinolaryngology. As ENT doctors are already experts of everything above the collar bone, with additional training in facial plastic surgery, they can perform operations such as rhinoplasty (nose surgery), blepharoplasty (removal of excess skin and fat around the eyelids), browlift (improving forehead wrinkles) and so on.
Laws in Hong Kong do not limit medical professionals who are not plastic surgeons, such as ENT doctors, from performing plastic surgeries and providing related services. If you have any questions regarding a doctor’s qualifications, see the list of specialist registration here.
Facts about ENT Doctors in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, there is a total of 178 otorhinolaryngologists registered under the Medical Council of Hong Kong, working in both the public and private sectors.
You can find here the official list of all ENT doctors in Hong Kong.
To be an ENT doctor in Hong Kong, one first has to obtain a bachelor degree in Medicine (MBBS, which takes 6 years) and receive an internship training at a hospital after graduation. This is then followed by a 2 to 3-year general surgical stream training and 4 to 5-year ENT Specialist training before sitting a professional exam. To be qualified for registration, ENT doctors shall either be certified by the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM) or awarded a Fellowship of HKAM (Otorhinolaryngology).
When should you see an ENT Doctor?
If you feel something is wrong with you ears, nose, throat or any of the other body parts mentioned above, you should consult an ENT doctor. ENT doctors can conduct ear exams to spot any disorders. They also provide other services such as cleaning earwax, or providing hearing aid when necessary.
Most common reasons to see an ENT Doctor
General otorhinolaryngologists treat many kinds of conditions. Some common reasons include:
- Ears: swimmer’s ear, blocked ears, ear infection, hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Nose: sinusitis, allergies, sinus migraines, nasal obstruction, surgery
- Throat: difficulty in swallowing, sore throat, hoarseness, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), infections, throat tumors, airway and vocal cord disorders
- Head and Neck: cancers of the head and neck, neck masses, Grave’s disease, enlarged thyroid glands
- Sleep: sleep apnea, sleep-disordered breathing, nasal and airway obstruction, snoring
- Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: cleft palates, drooping eyelids, hair loss, ear deformities, facial paralysis, trauma reconstruction, head and neck cancer reconstruction, revisions of facial cosmetic surgery
- Pediatrics: birth defects of the head and neck, developmental delays, ear infection, tonsils and adenoids infection, airway problems, asthma and allergies
How much does it cost to see an ENT Doctor in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong the cost of a consultation with an ENT Doctor varies greatly, depending on the location, facilities and the treatment needed. Our research shows that consultations in the private sector range from $600 to $1,800.
For eligible HKID-holders, attending a public specialist costs $135 for first attendance and $80 for subsequent attendance. The charge of medication is $15 per item. For non-eligible people, the price of attending a specialist outpatient clinic is $1,190 per attendance.
Beware of waiting times which can be very long in the public sector. Please enquire at your clinic of choice for specific costs.
* All amounts are in HKD and were last updated in July 2019. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.
List of ENT Doctors in Hong Kong
To make it easier for you, here is a list of Hong Kong ENT doctors and specialised clinics:
ENT Doctors in the Public Sector:
Here is the list of public centers providing ENT Doctor services throughout Hong Kong.
ENT Doctors in the Private Sector:
Here is a list of ENT Doctors practicing in the private sector:
Address: Room 707, Central Building, 1-3 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2870 1880
Address: 18/F, Pearl Oriental House, No. 60 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2523 7998
Address 1: 18A, Entertainment Building, 20 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Phone 1: +852 2522 8383
Address 2: Room 1421, 14/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Kowloon
Phone 2: +852 2523 3349
Address: Room 2601-2604, 26/F, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2530 0006
Address: 25/F, Unit 2503-05, No.9 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2156 5888
Address 1: Rm 1201, 12/F Champion Bldg, 301-309 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
Phone 1: +852 2332 0026
Address 2: Shop Units 219, 2/F, Citylink Plaza, Shatin
Phone 2: +852 2602 1515
Address 3: 1/F, Glassview Commercial Building, 65-67 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long
Phone 3: +852 2386 0292
Address 4: Units 905-907, Level 9, Landmark North, 39 Lung Sum Avenue, Sheung Shui, N.T.
Phone 4: +852 2651 6122
Address 5: Shop 14-15, Tseung Kwan O Station, Tseung Kwan O, N.T.
Phone 5: +852 2706 5808
Address 1: 1/F, 3/F & 13/F, Pearl Oriental Tower, 225 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
Phone 1: +852 2117 1688 (1/F), +852 2117 1828 (3/F), +852 2117 9899 (13/F)
Address 2: Shop No. B01b, Park Central, 9 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, Kowloon
Phone 2: +852 3417 4803
Address: 5/F, Podium Plaza, 5 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Phone: +852 3468 7141
Dr. Paul Lam Kin-Yip
Address: Suite 408, Central Building, 1 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3116 2408
Address: 30-32 Ngan Shing Street, Shatin, New Territories
Phone: +852 3505 2211
Address: Room 1103, Champion Building, 301 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Phone: +852 2388 6100
Address: Room 1206, 12/F, Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour City, Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Phone: +852 3102 3616
Address: Shop 8, G/F, Lik Sang Plaza, Foo Yu Building, 6 Fu Wing Street, Tsuen Wan
Phone: +852 2414 1126
Address: Room 1001, 10/F, Argyle Centre Phase 1, 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Phone: +852 2381 6600
Address: Suite 1708-1709, Hong Kong Pacific Centre, 28 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Phone: +852 2368 2878
Does insurance cover consultations and treatments with ENT Doctors in Hong Kong?
According to AD MediLink, otorhinolaryngologist consultations and procedures are reimbursed under doctor specialist fees. Generally, high-end medical plans reimburse ENT doctor treatment in full without any sub-limit whereas local plans have doctor specialist sub-limits for consultations, procedures and surgeries. If you have any health insurance questions or looking to maximise your coverage, contact an expert at AD MediLink at [email protected]