Date
20 January 2017
St. Paul's Hospital said the price adjustment mainly reflected the rise in prices of medical supplies, and was not for profit. Photo: HKEJ
St. Paul's Hospital said the price adjustment mainly reflected the rise in prices of medical supplies, and was not for profit. Photo: HKEJ

Private hospitals hike fees by as much as 200 percent

At least five local private hospitals have raised their fees by as much as 200 percent in the fourth quarter of this year.

The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers estimated that inflation in the medical sector would increase 8 to 10 percent, which is much higher than the general inflation rate, the Sky Post reported on Tuesday.

The Sky Post has been monitoring private hospital fees and charges.

In its monitoring of hospital charges, the newspaper learned that Canossa Hospital has hiked the rate of its pediatric general ward from HK$700 to HK$2,100 per night, a 200 percent increase; while the rate of a semi-private room has also been raised 44.8 percent.

At the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, VIP rooms have doubled in price to HK$8,000 per night.

In September, St. Paul’s Hospital raised its clinic and standard room rates for prenatal examinations by 3.4 percent. The hospital increased its prices again recently by another 12.7 percent.

The fees for clinical laboratory services in the hospital have been hiked by 1 to 22 percent.

St Paul’s explained that it raised the price of prenatal examinations from HK$1,030 to HK$1,065 in November last year.

But the price adjustment last month mainly reflected the rise in prices of medical supplies, and was not for profit.

At the Precious Blood Hospital, the rates for computed tomography or CAT scan, diagnostic imaging and ultrasound screening have been raised 5 to 85 percent.

Meanwhile, the Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man has returned to work after a leave of two weeks, during which he recuperated from injuries he sustained when he tripped and fell to the ground during a sports event earlier this month.

Ko expressed confidence that the voluntary health insurance scheme would be adopted after passing through the legislative process.

He said negotiations between the government and the insurance industry are advancing, and he hopes a consensus can be reached next year.

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