What is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB-GYN)?
An OB-GYN or obstetrician-gynecologist, refers to doctors who specialize in women’s reproductive health, be it menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause. They provide routine preventive checkups and medical screenings. OB-GYNs focus both on obstetrics and gynecology.
- Obstetrics is the study of maternity, working mainly before, during and after pregnancy, which include delivering babies.
- Gynecology is the study of female reproductive systems including the vagina, uterus, ovary, and breasts. It mainly deals with issues regarding menstruation, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and hormone disorders.
Obstetricians and gynecologists trainings are usually combined together due to the overlapping studies and highly related medical cases (maternity issues are a result of female reproductive system issues), therefore most obstetricians and gynecologists are able to deal with both specialties and that is how the abbreviation OB-GYN is formed.
What to know about Obstetrician-Gynecologists in Hong Kong
There are over 460 registered OB-GYNs in Hong Kong, working both in the private and public sectors. You can find the official list of registered obstetricians and gynecologists in Hong Kong from the Medical Council here.
There are 10 Hospital Authority (public) hospitals in Hong Kong that provide obstetric care.
According to The Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it takes 6 years to become an obstetrician and gynecologist. The training involves 4 years of basic training and 2 years of higher specialist training. It could be 6 years of training in obstetrics and gynecology or there may be a 6-month or 12-month elective training in another clinical specialty.
Hong Kong Characteristic — While a private sector OBGYN in Hong Kong can decide to only provide gynecological care, our research has found that an overwhelming majority also provide obstetric care.
When should you see an OB-GYN?
Many women commonly go and see OB-GYNs once a year or more often because they consider their OB-GYN as their primary care doctor. OB-GYNs often discuss other issues such as heart diseases, mental health and other common health topics with their patients and address their general needs. You should also see an obstetrician-gynecologist if there are any changes in your reproductive cycle such as late menstrual schedule or perimenopause symptoms.
Healthy women who haven’t had an OB-GYN checkup should go at least once and seek preventive advice because recognizing symptoms early increases the likelihood of any treatment succeeding.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that a person should first visit an OB-GYN between the ages of 13 and 15 to conduct pre check-ups and encourage issues to be identified from an early stage.
Common reasons to see an OB-GYN
It is recommended to see an obstetrician-gynecologist if you are experiencing:
- urinary incontinence
- breast disorders
- abnormal bleeding
- vaginal infection
- pelvic pain
People who are sexually active can consult an OBGYN for:
- birth control, contraception, or sterilization
- abnormal vaginal discharge
- HPV vaccination (against the human papilloma virus)
- preventing or treating HIV or STDs (sexually transmitted infections)
- treatment and prevention of pain during sex
Pregnant women or women preparing for pregnancy should see an OB-GYNs for:
- genetic testing and screenings
- postpartum depression
- prenatal care
- infertility treatment
- help planning for pregnancy
Young women experiencing menstruation for the first time or suffering from menstruation may visit an OB-GYN for:
Middle-aged women experiencing menopause or perimenopause can see an OB-GYN for:
- vaginal dryness
- hot flushes
- bone loss
- hormone replacement therapy
If you don’t experience any of these symptoms or none of these cases apply to you, seeing your obstetrician and gynecologist for preventive care services could be beneficial for your reproductive health. Some preventive care services that OB-GYNs commonly conduct include pap smears, pelvic exams, STI testing, ultrasounds, and blood tests – all depending on your general health condition and age.
How much does it cost to see an OB-GYN in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong the cost of having consultations with an obstetrician-gynecologist varies greatly depending on clinics’ locations and services. Private doctor fees are not subject to regulation or any caps in Hong Kong.
Our research shows that consultations in the private sector range from $420 to $2,000.
Public sector in Hong Kong has implemented a comprehensive prevention program for all women at or below 64 years of age: breast awareness, Cervical screening, Family planning, Antenatal and postnatal care, Menstrual problems and more.
The costs of such services vary between no charge to HK$310. For eligible patients (that is patients with a valid HKID), it is important to note that prenatal and postnatal care in your Cluster’s Maternal and Child Health Centre (MCHC) is free of charge.
Beware of waiting times which can be very long in the public sector.
The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong (FPAHK) plays a major role in providing Hong Kong people with primary sexual and reproductive health care. As it receives government funding, their service fees are affordable in comparison with private alternatives. You can learn more about the FPAHK and the services it provides to women here.
Please enquire at your clinic of choice for the specific costs.
*All amounts are in HKD and were last updated in May 2020. 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.
Where do I find an Obstetrician-Gynecologist in Hong Kong?
To make it easy for you, we have prepared a guide to some of Hong Kong’s obstetricians and gynecologists, and specialized clinics:
OB-GYNs in the Public Sector:
Here is the list of public centers providing OB-GYN services throughout Hong Kong.
OB-GYNs in the Private Sector:
OBSTETRICIAN-GYNECOLOGISTS IN CENTRAL
Central Health Medical Practice
Dr. Grace Cheung
Dr. Christina Hui
Dr. Lucy Lord
Dr. Edwin Tam
Address : Baskerville House, 3rd to 5th floor, 13 Duddell St, Central
Phone : 2824 0822
Duddell Women’s Health – Dr. Patrick Sai Lock Chan 陳世樂醫生
Address : 6/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central
Phone : 2522 2500
Hon Hing Cheung Edmund Clinic – Dr. Edmund Hon 韓慶璋醫生
Address : Room 701, Hing Wai Building, 36 Queen’s Road, Central
Phone : 2899 2293
Address : Suite 1902, 19/F, Hing Wai Building, 36 Queens Road, Central
Phone : 2323 0268
Address : Room 715, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
Phone : 2715 4577
OT&P Healthcare (Family Clinic)
Dr. Zara Chan 陳駱靈岫醫生
Dr. Michael Chor 左仲明醫生
Dr. Robert Stevenson
Address : LG/F, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Phone : 2537 7281
Address : Room 818, 8/F, Central Building, 1 Pedder Street, Central
Phone : 3651 1818
Address : 12/F, Central Tower, 28 Queen’s Road, Central
Phone : 2523 3007
The Women’s Health – Dr. Charas Ong
Address : Suite 519, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
Phone : 5808 8860
Veritas Medical Centre – Dr. Arabinda Gosh
Address : Suite 2902, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central
Phone : 2877 3118
OBSTETRICIAN-GYNECOLOGISTS BEYOND CENTRAL
Address : 13/F, Hang Seng Causeway Bay Building, No.28-34 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay
Phone : 2882 2877
Zenith Medical Centre
List of OBGYNs:
Dr. Nina Fong Pik Lau
Dr. Thomas Kou Kam On
Dr. Amy Lau Pui Kei
Dr. Viola Leung Kit Tong
Dr. Linda Lui Kwai Ying
Dr. Stephen Suen Sik Hung
Dr. Clare Yeung Sik Wing
Dr. Noella Lo Lok Yan
Address: Suite 1326-27, 13 Floor, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 5 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Phone: 2110 4760
Does insurance cover consultations & treatments with OBGYNs in Hong Kong?
According to Alea, gynecological care is reimbursed under doctor specialist fees. Generally, high-end medical plans will reimburse gynecologist fees in full without any sub-limit whereas local plans will have a doctor specialist limit. As for obstetric care, you are covered if your insurance plan includes pregnancy coverage and you must check in advance your maternity limit and if any waiting time period applies. You can learn more about pregnancy insurance here. In regards to women medical preventive care such as regular pap smears and mammography for non-symptomatic reasons, it is reimbursed under your check-up or well-being coverage if any. Beware of any sub-limits and waiting periods.
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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.