If you are thinking about having a baby during your stay in Hong Kong, it pays to be prepared. Medical care in the city is generally excellent, but you may find that you have some pretty big questions as you await for the arrival of your baby. As with many countries, you can choose between private and public healthcare. If you have an identity card, you can choose between the two but if you don’t, you may be limited to the private sector. However, both of them offer some of the highest standards in the world for healthcare, especially in the maternity sector.
Public health costs
If you decide to use the public sector, then we have highlighted some of the most important costs to take into account when having your baby. Interestingly, Hong Kong has ‘clusters’ which depend on the area of the city. So if you live in Hong Kong itself, you may find your hospital is in the east or west cluster. The same goes for the New Territories and Kowloon.
Let’s assume that you have a Hong Kong ID card. You can expect that your consultations up to the third trimester will be free. The first two ultrasounds are also free, and you can expect to pay HK$300 for the rest. Any hospital stays also cost around HK$100.
Health costs without an ID card
If you don’t have an ID card, you can still use the public health system without any problems. You will be required to pay for an antenatal package, however. This costs around HK$40,000 and will include one antenatal check-up, the delivery and care during the delivery and three days in a public ward of the maternity unit. Any other check-ups must be paid for and so will extra days in hospital. For check-ups, you can expect to pay HK$700 and hospital stays cost HK$3,300. The key to all of this is that you must register with the Hospital Authority first. If you don’t, you may find that your costs can triple. Concerningly, hospitals have a quota for immigrant and non-resident mothers so the minute that you find out that you are pregnant, you should register immediately.
Private health care in Hong Kong
Of course, choosing a private hospital or clinic means that you will receive a dedicated service from the same midwife or doctor, as well as a level of luxury that is missing from public wards. However, for all the extras that private hospitals offer, you still have to register as soon as possible, much like the public hospitals. Prices differ from hospital to hospital and there is not an awfully large amount of private clinics in Hong Kong. However, there is some general standard to pricing and you can expect to pay up to HK$60,000 for a C-section in a private room. For a standard delivery on a general maternity ward, you can pay up to HK$20,000.
Of course, you can expect to pay much more for elective C-sections, C-sections booked on particular days, doctors fees, deluxe rooms, emergency treatment and extra days in hospital. Deposits will also be charged when you book your antenatal package, which can run into the tens of thousands too. Check with the hospital administration, as to what is exactly included in your package. For example, epidural anaesthetics may be extra, as well as any special equipment.