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Health check-ups in Hong Kong: Where to go & costs involved

By Pacific Prime Hong Kong 20 November 2020

Header image courtesy of Owen Beard (via Unsplash)

From dealing with the initial culture shock to acclimatising to a new environment, there are countless ways that moving abroad to Hong Kong may take a toll on one’s physical and mental health. Yet, despite the fact that going for regular health check-ups is vital in identifying any issues early on and intervening before it’s too late, this is not usually on the minds of most expats in the SAR. The major conundrum lies in the hospitals here: The public ones don’t provide health check-ups, while private ones are mega-expensive to access. If you’re a concerned expat, our friends from Pacific Prime Hong Kong explains what your options are, where you can go, and how much you’ll have to pay.

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A word about health check-up and risk factors

Before we delve into the health check-up packages offered at private hospitals and clinics, we need to establish that there is no official recommendation for health check-ups in Hong Kong. This leads to a variety of unstandardised services, with prices varying between service providers. As such, you’ll need to be aware of your risk factors because this determines:

  • How often you should get a health check-up
  • What health screenings and tests you should do

Typically, being older means you’re more at risk. You can familiarise yourself with the types of tests those in your age group should be taking in this article, ranging from 18 years old, 40 years old, and 50 to 65 years old. For example, visual and hearing impairment screening is mainly recommended for senior citizens.

With that said, age is not the only risk factor out there. Other factors include gender, ethnicity, and family history, as well as various lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, stress levels, and more. Given that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, it’s best to consult your general practitioner (GP) for advice.

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Health check-up packages at private hospitals and clinics

Now the big question: Where can you go for health check-ups, and what are the costs involved? In Hong Kong, the private healthcare system comprises both clinics and hospitals, so you’ll have plenty of options. Below, we look at three healthcare providers and how they categorise their health checkup packages, along with prices and what’s included to give you an idea of what to expect. For a more comprehensive list, check out this article.

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OT&P

OT&P offers these different packages for health checkups.

  • Standard: Recommended for individuals under 30, this $5,900 package covers key health indicators like blood count and sugar, kidney and liver function, and coronary risk profile. It also looks for hepatitis B, HIV, and syphilis infections.
  • Comprehensive: Are you over 30? This $9,900 package also assesses your sensitivity to heart diseases and looks for signs of cancer, autoimmune diseases, hepatitis infections, and common sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Ultra: Once you’ve hit the age of 40, this $14,900 package takes a comprehensive look at risk factors for heart disease, cancer, and other infections. It also assesses the functionality of vital organs (lungs, liver, kidneys, etc.) and looks for vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
  • Ultra follow-up: Similarly, patients who get regular health check-ups can pay $12,900 for a follow-up check-up, which still provides insights on key areas of your health, but with fewer tests.
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Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

Hong Kong Sanatorium Hospitals provides health check-up packages including both general and women-specific assessment schemes.

  • Health assessment schemes A: This five-hour-long $12,600 package includes tests related to gout, serology, tumour markers, stool, and urine. It also includes a treadmill exercise stress test, electrocardiogram, x-rays, ultrasound, and dietician consultation.
  • Health assessment schemes B: For a less comprehensive package, this three-hour option costs $8,100. It includes most of the tests in the former package but omits certain tumour markers, the treadmill exercise stress test, and dietician consultation.
  • Women health check-up packages: Ranging from $3,010 to $4,920, women-only packages include tests such as mammogram, pap smear, and breasts ultrasound.
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Raffles Medical

Raffles Medical has health check-up packages that range from Lifestyle to Premium, costing between $2,180 and $12,000. In addition to this, they also provide check-ups specifically for cancer screening, premarital assessment, sexual health, and more.

As you can see, health check-up packages in Hong Kong don’t come cheap. Fortunately, you’re able to find medical insurance plans in Hong Kong to cover them. Look out for a comprehensive outpatient insurance plan so you can make sure you’re in tip-top shape.

Reputable brokers like Pacific Prime can help you compare health insurance in Hong Kong to ensure you find the right plan for your needs and budgets. Get in touch today for an impartial insurance consultation and a free quote.

Pacific Prime Hong Kong

Pacific Prime has been providing impartial advice to both locals and expats, families, and businesses of all sizes for over 20 years. They have since expanded globally across five continents, and are the go-to intermediary for health insurance and business solutions.

Units 1–11, 35/F, 1 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong

(+852) 3113 1331

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