Compared to most regions of the United States, the air quality in Hong Kong is quite poor, particularly in high traffic areas like Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places in Hong Kong, including escalators, restaurants (including those with outdoor areas unless specially designated), bars, malls and karaoke venues.
Official government sources maintain that Hong Kong’s water supply complies with the World Health Organization guidelines for drinking-water quality. The Water Supplies Department monitors water quality throughout the treatment, supply and distribution system.
List of water suppliers in case you would like regular delivery of bottled water to your home or office.
The quality of swimming water and beaches in Hong Kong used to be the subject of scrutiny due to pollution in the Pearl River Delta.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) regulates Hong Kong’s food quality. The department issues licenses to all food-related businesses, including restaurants, fresh food markets and supermarkets, and regularly carries out inspection for sanitation standards.
Hong Kong’s labeling law requires nutritional information to be listed on all pre-packaged foods. The law mandates a labeling system different from those commonly used in Western countries (from which most of Hong Kong’s prepackaged foods are imported).
Demand for organic produce is skyrocketing in Hong Kong, but there is currently no legislation governing the safe sale and labeling of such goods.
Information on Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
After the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, the government set up the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) to monitor the spread of infectious diseases in Hong Kong, emergency management and preparedness as well as mobilization of emergency services in response to health crises.
Consult a doctor on the recommended vaccinations to get before or after arriving in Hong Kong.
The overall structure of Hong Kong’s healthcare system
Education and training of medical professionals in Hong Kong are modeled after the system in the United Kingdom, where an MBBS medical degree is granted upon successful completion of a five-year study program. Graduates are eligible for a license to practice medicine after one year of internship.
Private hospitals in Hong Kong provide exceptional maternity care and services.
Most large companies in Hong Kong provide health insurance coverage for employees and their families. If your company does not, you can purchase local health insurance from a number of outside providers.
In addition to hospitals and healthcare clinics, pharmacies can commonly be found in large drugstores.
You’ll find local pharmacies (locally called “dispensaries”) in nearly every neighborhood in Hong Kong. Some carry only traditional Chinese herbs and medicines, while others carry Western- brand medications or a combination of the two.
In case of Emergency call 999. This number will give you emergency access to the Police, Fire Services Department or an ambulance.
Dental care standards in Hong Kong are very competitive.
With so many optometrists practicing in Hong Kong, it can be a challenge to find the right one, especially since most speak English as well as Chinese.
High stress levels and anxiety are commonly experienced by those living in fast-paced cities like Hong Kong.
Natural and holistic treatments and therapies have become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. Treatments emphasize disease prevention and overall wellness.
TCM has been used for the prevention and treatment of diseases and for health maintenance for thousands of years. It encompasses a total lifestyle that integrates many aspects.
Learn more about various TCM therapies.
For those living with pets, here is a list of some well-established veterinary clinics in the city.