23 March 2019

Private hospitals raise fees, citing higher costs

Five out of the 11 private hospitals in Hong Kong have raised their charges this year even though they were no longer taking bookings from mainland expectant mothers, the Hong Kong Economic Times reported Wednesday.

Union Hospital, Precious Blood Hospital (Caritas), Hong Kong Baptist Hospital, Canossa Hospital and Matilda International Hospital were found to have hiked their fees. Union Hospital has raised the doctor’s fee for outpatient services during night-time before a public holiday to HK$700 per visit, representing a whopping increase of up to 50 percent, according to the report. The move came after the patient volume rose 20 percent over the last 12 months.

The four other private hospitals mentioned above have raised outpatient service fees by 5-13 percent, citing higher costs and increased salaries of medical professionals.

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