Hospital fee rises to hit mainlanders
Non-locals will have to pay more to use public hospitals next year after the Hospital Authority approved the price rises.
Those admitted to emergency wards will have to pay HK$990, up HK$420 from the current HK$570. The charge for specialist outpatient services will rise from HK$700 to HK$1,110. A bed on a general ward will rise from HK$3,300 a day to HK$4,680.
These and other charges, mostly affecting mainlanders, are projected to boost revenue by HK$133 million a year.
Hong Kong residents will continue to pay the current fees, which for emergency admissions is HK$100.
A Hospital Authority spokesman said the board endorsed the adjustments at a meeting yesterday. The prices are expected to be effective from April 1.
This is the government's second move to boost public medical levies in a year amid a public outcry against mainland visitors accused of taking away medical resources from locals.
Since May, non-eligible mothers, mostly mainlanders, have been charged HK$90,000, up from HK48,000, for giving birth in emergency rooms at public hospitals without a reservation.
The board also endorsed a rise in charges for private services in public medical institutions that will apply to both locals and non-locals and is expected to become effective from the same date.