Hongkongers are not strangers to digestive issues. In case you don’t know who to seek help from, a gastroenterologist, who attends to gut health problems, may be the kind of doctor you are looking for. Learn more about gastroenterologists, their specialty, consultation costs and where to find them in Hong Kong in this article!
Gastroenterology studies the physiology and diseases of the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. A gastroenterologist is an internist, who takes care of the non-surgical part, whereas surgeries on the digestive system are usually performed by a general surgeon.
Both of them treat diseases related to the liver. A gastroenterologist treats the whole digestive system and concerns about digestive issues, while a hepatologist focuses on the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas. Though hepatology is generally thought to be a subspecialty of gastroenterology and many hospitals in Hong Kong put them under the same department, some places have seen fast development in hepatology propelling hepatologists to practice as an independent discipline, e.g. transplant hepatology in which a transplant hepatologist is specially trained to manage the advanced liver disease and liver transplants.
Below are some common reasons that people see a gastroenterologist:
Gastroenterologists are internists and do not perform surgical procedures. They perform the following diagnostic procedures to confirm their diagnosis.
Specialist outpatient clinics for Gastroenterology are included in the Department of Medicine and are available in this list of public hospitals in Hong Kong.
Address: Room 1601, Melbourne Plaza,
Address: Room 1812, East Point Centre,
Address: Room 1307, 13/F, Hang Shing Building,
Address: Room 403, Pacific Centre,
Address: Room 702, 7/F, Hing Wai Building,
Address: Room 1105, 11/F, 8 Jordan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
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You can search for gastroenterologists 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 a gastroenterologist in the private sector range from HK$600 to over $1,600, excluding costs of drugs, medical supplies, lab or other special treatments.
According to Alea, gastroenterologist consultations and procedures are reimbursed under doctor specialist fees. Generally, high-end medical plans reimburse gastroenterologist 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 [email protected].
A gastroenterologist is an internist who specializes in the physiology and diseases of the digestive system.
Hepatology is a subspecialty of gastroenterology. A hepatologist focuses on the diseases of the liver and the related organs, i.e. gallbladders and pancreas.
You should see a gastroenterologist when you have severe or consistent digestive problems, e.g. ongoing diarrhea, frequent heartburn, severe abdominal pain, blood in your stool, etc., or for a colonoscopy.
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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