Hong Kong has adopted a dual system for health care for its 7 million people under which services are provided by both the public and private health care sectors.
Life Science sector in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has adopted a dual system for health care for its 7 million people under which
services are provided by both the public and private health care sectors. Hong Kong?s healthcare
system is closely modelled on the UK?s, and there are very close links between Hong Kong and
UK administrators, clinicians and related professionals.
Public healthcare in Hong Kong is dominated by the Hospital Authority (HA), who are
responsible for the management of 38 public hospitals (which operate in similar ways to the
NHS in the UK). HA has more than 90% market share in secondary and tertiary care. The
remaining balance falls to the private sector.
Hong Kong Public Health Fact Sheet :-
As at the end of 2011, there were 13 private hospitals. The Government has announced plans to
allocate 4 sites for establishment of private hospitals (including 1 site suitable for PPP) in Hong
Kong. A formal tender document is expected to be released in first quarter of 2012.
See link below on development of private hospitals :- http://www.fhb.gov.hk/eoi/en/index.html
Hong Kong?s business, academic and healthcare links with China, and Chinese communities in
the region, provide opportunities to tap the vast resources of Traditional Chinese Medicinal
(TCM) and herbal drugs for further refinery and commercialisation. The Hong Kong
Government is keen to develop Hong Kong as the international hub for the standardisation of
In Hong Kong, the integrative medicine approach (Western and TCM) has rolled out in some
Government clinics and there are opportunities for collaborative research in this area.
Medical Training in Hong Kong was based on British Standards for over 100 years. It was the
only qualification recognised by the Hong Kong Government for its medical professionals until
1997. It has therefore had a profound impact on the local medical training scene. There are
opportunities for specialised medical training (such as Family Medicine) and CPD (Continuous
Professional Development) programmes in Hong Kong.
Due to an ageing population, the market for special health care products (including home care)
for the elderly and the disabled are in demand. Currently Medical Devices are not required to be
registered with the Medical Device Control Office at the Dept of Health although a voluntary
system is in place. For more information on the Medical Device Registration, refer to link :-
Hong Kong has a well-established electronics industry but a lack of technical and medical
expertise for research and development in medical electronic products. Many medical device
manufacturers are OEMs but are keen to expand their medical device business via
sourcing/investment of technological patents and medical innovations
Latest export opportunities in the Life Sciences Sector
Latest export opportunities in Hong Kong
Getting into the market
Main route to market is through local agents and distributors who are used to representing
overseas brands (including UK).
Public Hospitals procure through a centralised procurement system and interested vendors
should check from the HA Website.
See link :- www.ha.org.hlk
More about doing business in Hong Kong
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
? Cecilia Chan, British Consulate-General Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2901-3268 or email:
? Jacqueline Chui, British Consulate-General Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2901-3328 or email:
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
China International Medical Equipment Fair (Shenzhen, China)
Date: 17th ? 20th April 2012
The Hospital Authority Convention
Date: 7th ? 8th May 2012
Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair
Date: 7th ? 9th May 2012
International Conference & Exhibition of the Modernisation of Chinese Medicine & Health
Date: 16th ? 18th August 2012
Natural Products Expo Asia
Date: 23rd ? 25th August 2012
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More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters