Last updated on August 26, 2021.
In Hong Kong, Hospital Authority (HA) manages all public sector hospitals and clinics, which include 44 public hospitals and institutions, 49 Specialist Out-patient Clinics (SOPCs), and 73 General Out-patient Clinics (GOPCs). The Hong Kong government is heavily funding the public sector due to the ageing population and increased demands on the healthcare system in Hong Kong, providing comprehensive and “near-free” service to local residents.
Hospital Authority Patients Eligibility
Patients at Hospital Authority are divided into 3 types of charges depending on their eligibility:
- Public charges – Eligible Persons (holders of HKID)
- Public charges – Non-eligible Persons (non-holders of a HKID)
- Private charges (for both holders and non-holders of a HKID)
Eligible persons refer to Hong Kong permanent residents and holders of a Hong Kong Identity Card issued under the Registration of Persons Ordinance (Chapter 177), children who are Hong Kong residents and under 11 years of age and other persons approved by the Chief Executive of the Hospital Authority.
Non-eligible persons refer to non-permanent residents not holding a Hong Kong Identity Card, Chinese mainland residents, and tourists travelling in Hong Kong.
In June 2017, the fees and charges of public hospital services provided by the Hospital Authority were increased in order to balance promoting appropriate use of services, encouraging diversion of less urgent Accident & Emergency patients, and addressing the financial burden of the public.
Hospital Authority Services and Charges
1. Public charges for eligible persons
For details click here.
2. Public charges for non-eligible persons
For details, click here.
3. Private charges in Hong Kong’s Public Hospitals
Patients can receive private services within the public sector which may include charges for general nursing, core pathology investigations, catering, and domestic services. Private charges for newborns also cover basic examination by obstetricians, and basic immunization and injections.
Patients referred from private medical practitioners or discharged from private wards and attending designated private specialist outpatient sessions will be charged a private outpatient consultation fee as follows:
(i) For initial consultation $790 – $2,210
(ii) For each subsequent follow up consultation $640 – $1,990
The private services provided by the Hospital Authority include:
- Pathology Services
- Radiology Services
- Diagnostic/therapeutic procedures
- Rehabilitation and Outreach Services
For further information on each service, click here.
Find the list of private services here.
Patients suffering from or suspected to be suffering from the diseases specified under the prevailing International Health Regulations (IHR), and admitted to a public hospital will not be charged for medical treatment or maintenance. Find the specified list of diseases under IHR of the World Health Organisation here.
Hospital Authority additional fees
→ For persons accompanying a patient and occupying a bed, the following daily maintenance fee will apply:
- Eligible persons:
(i) Acute general beds: $120
(ii) Convalescent/Rehabilitation, Infirmary and Psychiatric beds: $100
- Non-eligible persons: $810
→ Dental treatment will be provided by hospitals and clinics to those patients in need of emergency dental treatment or dental treatment as an essential part of their medical treatment. In addition to maintenance and/or attendance fees, patients will have to pay for prosthetic appliances at a charge to be determined by the dental officers of the hospital/clinic.
Are public hospitals in Hong Kong free?
Most services at public hospitals in Hong Kong charges a minimal cost if you are a holder of HKID. For non-HKID holders or certain privately charged services, however, the medical cost can be more expensive.
How much does it cost to see a doctor in Hong Kong?
For holders of HKID, a general outpatient visit at a public hospital would cost HK$50 per attendance; a specialist outpatient visit would cost HK$135 for the first attendance, $80 per subsequent attendance and $15 per drug item. For non-eligible persons, it costs HK$445 per attendance for general outpatient and $1,190 for specialist outpatient.
How many public hospitals are there in Hong Kong?
In total, there are 44 public hospitals and institution along with 49 specialist outpatient clinics and 73 general outpatient clinics in Hong Kong under the management of Hospital Authority.