Pioneering scheme targets residents of Guangdong first A group of private doctors from Hong Kong will meet Guangdong officials to negotiate the issue of medical visas and explore the mainland market for medical tourism. The central government's liaison office in the city, has organised for about 10 Medical Association representatives to visit Guangzhou on Friday. They will meet officials from the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council and the province's health department to discuss the feasibility of issuing medical visas to Guangdong residents. 'We certainly hope that medical visas can be issued to all provinces, but as a first step, we think the nearest province will be the best for a pioneering scheme,' said Chu Kin-wah, vice-president of the HKMA. Although it has been suggested that all mainland tourists under the individual-visitor scheme be allowed to stay longer than the seven-day limit to help boost medical tourism, Dr Chu is worried it might bring security concerns and might not be easy to implement. The doctors will also visit the Trade Development Council's office in Shenzhen during their one-day trip. The council agreed to exhibit HKMA fliers at its Shenzhen and Guangdong offices when it met association representatives last week. Since the Hong Kong Medical Council bans doctors from advertising both locally and abroad, the association will introduce an online directory allowing doctors to display their services, fees and opening hours. 'It just involves a simple procedure. We hope to start the promotion before next year,' HKMA president Choi Kin said. The trade council also plans to stage the Hong Kong International Medical and Health Care Fair as an annual event. The fair was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first time in August, with 115 exhibitors. It attracted 5,247 trade visitors and 114,079 other people. Medical sector legislator Kwok Ka-ki urged the Hong Kong government to help negotiate with the central government on issuing medical visas. He also hoped mainland hotels with Hong Kong finance could display the fliers introducing the city's medical services.