Telemedicine in Hong Kong: All You Need to Know
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Need to see a doctor but don’t want to risk venturing outside? Want to get a prescription refilled but you’re in quarantine? Do not worry, our team has compiled a list of medical providers in Hong Kong that offer telemedicine services (over-the phone and video consultations) so you can get the medical attention you need, without needing to go outside.
Most medical centres still accept patients in for face to face consultations but patients will need to be screened first. If they present certain symptoms and are deemed a COVID-19 health risk they will instead be given a phone consultation, if available. Phone consultations will generally last about 15 minutes and cost the same amount as an in-person consultation would.
Here are some of the clinics offering phone and video consultations.
Private clinics offering telemedicine in Hong Kong
Services offered: Depending on the needs and the doctor – phone, online or video (Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom) consultation.
Additional information: You can receive your prescription over email as well as have your insurance papers signed.
Services offered: Depending on needs and the doctor – phone or video.
Additional information: You can receive a prescription and pick it up at a pharmacy near you or have it delivered to you if you’re in quarantine or can’t leave your home (fees apply for shipping and handling). You can also have your insurance papers signed over email.
Services: Phone consultation.
Additional information: The clinic no longer accepts walk-in appointments as every patient needs to be screened first. You can receive a prescription over the phone but someone needs to come pick it up. You can email your insurance papers.
Services: depending on needs – they offer over the phone, video and online appointments
Additional information: You can receive your prescription over email and email your insurance papers.
Private hospitals offering telemedicine (video consultations)
As hospitals rely on patient visits as the majority of their intake, phone consultation are more limited in these facilities. They will most likely require you to be a patient with them first and after that phone consultations are at the doctor’s discretion. As for the prescription of controlled substances, patients will need to come in.
That being said, two of Hong Kong’s most well-known private hospitals, the Sanatorium Hospital and Matilda Hospital now offer online consultations.
Cost: $320-$560 (for the consultation), $120 medicine delivery charge.
Services: Video consultation.
Additional information: You can receive a prescription and have it delivered to you (fees apply for delivery). For more information.
Cost: $160 for the first video call, further video consultation with the GP: $590
Services: Video consultation with resident doctor or psychologist.
Additional information: Appointment bookings can be made, and paid for, using this link. Prescriptions can also be done by online consultation.
Health insurance plans that provide free telemedicine
As health insurance companies deal with the pandemic, some insurers in Hong Kong are providing free telemedicine doctor consultations to their members. Whether you are worried about having COVID-19 or have other medical concerns, you can speak to a doctor from the comfort of your home. Here are some examples of the different telemedicine programs available.
For an initial 90 day period, Aetna members have free access to vHealth – a global service that provides medical consultations by telephone or by video call, from anywhere in the world. The 24/7 service is completely confidential, available in multiple languages and free to use as often as you like.
All APRIL Hong Kong clients have access to a 24/7 teleconsultation service available on their Easy Claim app. April also provides a Coronavirus direct line to support its clients during the outbreak. Teledoc Health has opened a free Coronavirus hotline: +852 3756 4618.
Available 9pm – 6 pm (HK), Monday to Friday in English and Cantonese (outside working hours, members are free to use our 24/7 callback service on Easy Claim).
Cigna provides a free Global Telehealth service for medical support and advice whenever you need it. Features of this service include:
– Access to 110+ board certified doctors with ranging specialisms
– Video and telephone consultations with doctors, nurses and healthcare specialists
– Real-time appointment scheduling
– Convenient alternative to doctor or clinic visits
– Initial assessments for COVID-19
*please note that given the current circumstances, procedures in medical facilities are subject to quick changes, so although the information was accurate at the time of this article (April 6, 2020) it is always best to call ahead of time.
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