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A guide to health check-ups in Hong Kong

Moving across the globe can put a heavy physical strain on your body without you even knowing. From the initial jet lag, unfamiliar diseases, to being exposed to a higher level of air pollution, you are especially prone to health problems when moving to a new country.

This makes getting regular health check-ups when moving to Hong Kong extremely important for keeping tabs on your health. Luckily, our experts at Pacific Prime Hong Kong are here to guide you through the ins and outs of getting health check-ups in Hong Kong.

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Where can I get health check-ups in Hong Kong?

Unlike many countries, there is no official recommendation for health check-ups in Hong Kong, and the city’s public hospitals do not even provide the service.

This means that both locals and expats must seek health screening services at private-run clinics and hospitals, which are also left unregulated and unstandardized, leading to a wide variety of price ranges and packages available in the city.

What do screening packages usually involve?

Health check-up packages can vary depending on your age and gender. These are some of the tests which screening packages may include for each age group.

From 18 years old:

  • Skin cancer (both genders)
  • Obesity (both genders)
  • Cardiovascular disease (both genders)
  • Vision check (both genders).
  • Cervical cancer (women)
  • Ovarian cancer (women)

From 40 years old: 

  • Nasopharyngeal cancer (both genders)
  • Type 2 diabetes (both genders)
  • Increased checks for cardiovascular disease (both genders)
  • Uterine cancer (women)
  • Breast cancer (women)

From 50 years old:

  • Colorectal cancers (both genders)
  • Lung cancer (both genders)

From 65 years old: 

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (men)
  • Visual and hearing impairment (both genders)
  • Osteoporosis (women)

What kind of health screening packages are available in Hong Kong?

Even though there is a wide variety of services available in Hong Kong, not all of them will reach the standards of Western countries, making them unsuitable for expats. Here, we will go through the top 5 medical institutions in Hong Kong that offer high-quality health assessment packages.

Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

Established in 1922, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital is one of the leading private hospitals in Hong Kong. Located near the expat areas like the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Time Square, Sanatorium hospital is popular among Hong Kong’s expatriate community.

Health assessment packages:

  • Health assessment scheme A: HKD $12,600
  • Health assessment scheme B: HKD $8,100

St Teresa’s Hospital

Founded in 1940, St Teresa’s is a Catholic hospital that has a long history of serving expats. Located on the Kowloon side, the hospital has 1,050 beds and offers a wide range of specialized treatments that matches western standards. St Teresa’s Hospital provides four different health screening packages.

Health assessment packages:

  • Women’s health check-ups: from HKD $1,650 to HKD $8,200
  • Men’s health check-ups: from HKD $1,650 to HKD $6,800

Hong Kong Baptist Hospital

This 55-year-old hospital has also had a long history of serving expats in Hong Kong. Today, the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital offers various specialized services, including 30 medical centers, paramedical services, a 24-hour out-patient clinic, and even a Chinese medicine clinic.

Health assessment packages:

  • Women’s health check-up: from HKD $2,580 to HKD $10,700
  • Men’s health check-up: from HKD $2,300 to HKD $9,050
  • Standard plan: HKD $2,300

Additionally, the hospital also offers pre-pregnancy health checks, cancer screenings, as well as pre-marital checks.

Union Hospital

Located in the Eastern New Territories, the Union Hospital has been around since the 1990s. It provides high-quality healthcare that is suitable for expats, winning the Facilities Improvement Initiative of the Year award and ICT Initiative of the Year award in the Healthcare Asia Awards 2018.

Health assessment packages:

  • Women’s health check-up: from HKD $890 to HKD $9,450
  • Men’s health check-up: from HKD $890 to HKD $9,000

Special health assessments are also provided for domestic helpers and professional drivers.

Hong Kong Adventist Hospital – Stubbs Road

Established in 1971, the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital is part of the Adventist Health global network of over 160 hospitals. Being assessed to exceed the Organization Standards of the Trent Accreditation Board from the United Kingdom, the hospital provides high-quality healthcare services that meet western standards.

Health assessment packages:

  • Women’s health check-up: from HKD $4,200 to HKD $17,460
  • Men’s health check-up: from HKD $3,900 to HKD $16,360

Other additional check-ups include brain health screening, pre-employment and pre-marital screenings, as well as check-ups for newborns.

Are health check-ups covered by health insurance?

As you can see, getting a high-quality health check-up in Hong Kong can be fairly expensive, especially if you have to make full out-of-pocket payments for health check-ups every single year.

Fortunately, in most cases, a comprehensive health insurance plan which includes outpatient benefits will also cover for a proportion, or in some cases, the total cost of getting a health check-up in Hong Kong.

If you want to find out more information about health insurance in Hong Kong, our experts at Pacific Prime are more than happy to offer you health insurance advice for free.

As an insurance broker, we are also able to offer you free plan comparisons to help you find the best individual health insurance in Hong Kong, as well as family medical insurance for expats. Available plans include international health insurance, health insurance for pre-existing conditions, or health insurance plans that cover hospitalization. To get your free quote today, simply visit our Pacific Prime website.

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