A Hong Kong-run hospital in Shenzhen will soon be able to offer some city residents living on the mainland subsidised medical care, according to its chief, with further details to be announced early this month.
Covid-19 has made it difficult for many Hongkongers to return for scheduled appointments with the Hospital Authority due to the 14-day quarantine imposed on travellers on both sides of the border.
Professor Lo Chung-mau, head of the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital, told a local radio programme on Sunday that the cross-border hospital would provide a one-stop service for city residents, including dedicated rooms for patients, Cantonese-speaking staff, and Hong Kong doctors.
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An electronic platform has also been set up for patients to check if they are eligible for the subsidy, make appointments, and request medical records from the city.
The subsidy will only apply to cases that have been approved by the Hospital Authority. If other diseases or conditions are discovered, the patient would need to pay for the additional treatment themselves.
Lo added that patients may not be treated by Hong Kong doctors during their follow-up appointment, but believed the services would not be affected.
“Our mainland staff are carefully selected and trained. I am confident that the level of mainland doctors is similar to that of Hong Kong doctors,” he said.
Lo also gave assurances to the public that the hospital had compiled a list of drugs that were approved in Hong Kong but not yet registered on the mainland, and it was working with authorities to quickly make them available for trial and use.
Guangdong is believed to have the largest number of Hong Kong residents on the mainland, with 538,000 as of the end of 2019, according to the most recent data from the Census and Statistics Bureau.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced last Tuesday that Hongkongers living across the border would be allowed to return to the city this month without being quarantined, but numbers would be subject to a quota arrangement, as only two border crossings would reopen.
Travellers going from Hong Kong to the mainland, however, will still be subject to quarantine rules.
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