Moving to a new place can be an incredibly exciting experience, but we understand that it can also be challenging, especially in the beginning year. While you are endeavouring to build a new home, explore new areas, and meet new people, it could be challenging for you to simultaneously adapt to a new education and healthcare system, and secure a fitting job. That is why we are here to help! We’ve created practical guidelines to help you thrive during your first year in Hong Kong.
Healthcare & Welfare
Committed to protecting the health of every citizen, Hong Kong endeavours to offer world-class medical services and healthcare system.
If you’re in the process of planning a move to Hong Kong, then you’ll need to visit a doctor at some stage, whether that’s to get some antibiotics, or a referral letter to see a specialist. From a trip to the Accident & Emergency department for a sprain or break to the management of existing health problems like asthma or diabetes, you’re sure to make a hospital trip at some point, too, be that for yourself or a member of the family.
Expect the best, and prepare for the worst. Emergency assistance is accessible to anyone in Hong Kong, and pharmacies are practically everywhere to cover less urgent medical needs. The bottom line is, in case of an emergency, just keep calm and dial 999. The emergency hotline will send help your way in no time.
If you’re looking for traditional Chinese remedies to treat illness, there are plenty of places in Hong Kong where you can try therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, and herbal remedies, plus Tui Na massage and reflexology. The first Chinese medicine hospital in Hong Kong is expected to commence service in phases starting in 2025, which will bring even more Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) options to the city.
It may not be all sunshine and rainbows over here, but Hong Kong has world-class support to deal with any health problems your little ones may encounter. As it should be, the health and development of children are treated with utmost importance here. The Department of Health has dedicated seven Child Assessment Centres across the city to provide assessment and remedial services for children with developmental problems.
Got love for a fluffy friend? We do too. Hongkongers are crazy about pets, to the point that malls and venues dedicate zones and events to pets and their owners' mutual enjoyment. That being said, there are a few things you should know when considering adopting a pet here, or bringing yours over:
Hong Kong boasts a world-class healthcare system. Thanks to its huge concentration of clinics, hospitals and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinics in every region and district, top-class medical facilities and highly skilled staff, it was ranked first in Asia in Bloomberg's 2018 Health Care Efficiency Index.