Endocrinologists are doctors who treat diseases and conditions related to the endocrine system, which includes hormones and the glands producing them. Learn more about endocrinologists, their specialty, consultation costs and where to find them in Hong Kong in this article.
Endocrinologists are internists who specialize in treating the conditions of the endocrine system, which is made up of hormones and the glands and organs producing them.
Glands are located throughout the human body. They secrete hormones to control different body functions. For example, the hypothalamus controls involuntary body functions (e.g., respiration, heart rate); the thyroid gland regulates metabolism; the pancreas regulates blood glucose level; and the ovaries and testicles promote fertility, and so on. There are over 50 different hormones in the human body and their interactions are complicated. When something goes wrong with these processes, an endocrinologist can help.
As endocrinology involves different systems of the human body, it may be difficult for the public to determine which specialty to seek care from. Therefore, it is best to visit a primary care doctor – a general practitioner first and let them refer you to a suitable specialist.
Common reasons your doctor may refer you to an endocrinologist:
Endocrinologists are internists and do not perform surgeries. They may administer the following tests for diagnostic purposes.
Specialist outpatient clinics for Endocrinology are under the Department of Medicine and are available in this list of public hospitals in Hong Kong.
Address: Parkes Medical Centre, 2/F, Parkes Commercial Centre, 2-8 Parkes Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Address: Room 1501, Fortune Centre, 44-48 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Address: Rm 1503B, 15/F, Argyle Centre Phase 1, 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Address: Room 1201, 12/F, Champion Building, 301-309 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
Address: Room 909, Hang Shing Building, 363 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Address: Room 901, Pacific House, 20-20B Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island
Address: Room 902, Crawford House, 70 Queen's Road Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong Island
Address: 1407, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen’S Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Address: Room 1701, 17/F, Argyle Centre, Phase 1, 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Address: Unit 610, 6/F, World-Wide House, 19 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
You can search for Endocrinologists according to their locations here.
Public sector fees: For eligible HKID-holders, the price of visiting specialist outpatient clinics is HK$135 for the first attendance, $80 per subsequent attendance and $15 per drug item.
Private sector fees: According to our research, the initial consultation fees of an endocrinologist in the private sector range from HK$400 to over $2,700. The costs of drugs, medical supplies, lab or other special treatments may not be included.
According to Alea, endocrinologist consultations and procedures are reimbursed under doctor specialist fees. Generally, high-end medical plans cover endocrinologist 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 maximize your coverage, contact an expert at Alea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An endocrinologist is an internist who specializes in treating the diseases related to the endocrine system, which comprises hormones and the glands and organs producing them.
The endocrine system produces and regulates the release of hormones, which “communicate” with other parts of the body to regulate many body functions, such as mood, growth and development, heart rate, sleep cycle, metabolism, reproduction and other organ functions.
You may need to see an endocrinologist when your primary care doctor diagnoses you with diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, PCOS, or other endocrine-related conditions and refer you to an endocrinologist.
This article was independently written by Healthy Matters and is not sponsored. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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