Transplanting HK-style healthcare service into Greater Bay Area

March 27, 2019 19:09
The HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is pictured on Oct. 24. If Hong Kong’s world-class healthcare technologies and management culture is successfully transplanted to the Greater Bay Area, the region can become a medical tourism hub, an observer says. Photo: CNSA

According to the latest Global Liveability Index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), these were the ranks of some of the cities around the world in terms of liveability in 2018:

Vienna (1), Melbourne (2), Osaka (3)... Tokyo (7), Hong Kong (35), Singapore (37), Taipei (58), Suzhou (74), Beijing (75), Shanghai (81), Shenzhen (82), Guangzhou (95).

Hong Kong is among the top three cities in Asia and the highest ranking city in China.

The five indicators adopted by the EIU for producing a rating for a city are stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

If the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) is to build a world-class livable area, it will have to work aggressively on these five fronts.

Hong Kong has a unique and definite advantage over Macau and Guangdong cities when it comes to healthcare and education.

Particularly, the territory has a first-class healthcare service that has been widely recognized by the world as being among the best.

That being said, promoting Hong Kong-style medical service will be the key to success in developing the Greater Bay Area into a world-class livable region.

The recent proposal for the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Shenzhen to jointly open a medical school and an affiliated hospital, as well as the suggestion that mainland authorities should be made to recognize the qualifications of Hong Kong-registered doctors, are all worth encouraging.

In my opinion, as long as Hong Kong and other cities in the Bay Area can coordinate effectively in terms of personnel training, as well as cross-border matters relating to different systems, administrative procedures, rules and regulations, etc, the GBA, with its vast land and human resources, can definitely open medical centers of Hong Kong-style healthcare to flourish and to benefit both local and expatriate population.

In the past, Hong Kong was unable to develop medical tourism like South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore did, mainly because of the city’s limitations in land supply and human resources.

Now if we succeed in transplanting Hong Kong’s world-class healthcare technologies and management culture to the GBA, the region can definitely draw people across the nation as well as all over the globe to receive services including healthcare, well-being and beauty in the days ahead, hugely facilitating the development of healthcare industry and medical tourism in the GBA.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on March 16

Translation by Alan Lee

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Chairman of think tank Wisdom Hong Kong