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Navigating Healthcare in Hong Kong: Public vs. Private and How Yotei Advisors Can Help!

By Alexandre Barmont, Hong Kong Licensed Advisor - IA2817

Hong Kong boasts a world-class healthcare system, yet navigating its intricacies can be daunting. 

Are you facing the daunting task of navigating Hong Kong's healthcare system? Whether you are expecting a child, managing a chronic condition, planning for your family's future, or fit and healthy and want to stay that way, the decisions you make about your healthcare can have a profound impact on your well-being.

Hello, I'm Alexandre Barmont, an insurance advisor in Hong Kong specialising in healthcare. Like many expats, I have grappled with the complexities of securing the best healthcare for myself and my loved ones. It is crucial to make informed decisions now, as waiting until you need it can be too late.

Through my specialisation, I have encountered numerous cases where these issues have arisen. "Remember, while money cannot buy your health, it can certainly help protect it."

Starting early ensures a longer, healthier life. Your future self will thank you for it.

Join me so we explore together the intricacies of Hong Kong's public and private healthcare sectors and discover how myself and Yotei Advisors can be your trusted partner in achieving peace of mind.

Your health is your most valuable asset. That is why we are here to offer personalized guidance and support every step of the way. Whether you are exploring healthcare options for yourself, your family, or your business, we are committed to helping you make informed decisions that safeguard your health and well-being.

The Public Healthcare System: Accessibility and Affordability

Public Ward in Hong Kong


1. Affordable Fees: The public system offers subsidized healthcare services, making it financially accessible for residents with a Hong Kong Identity Card.

2. Convenient Network: With a widespread network of hospitals and clinics across Hong Kong, accessing care is relatively convenient.

3. Excellent Medical Standards: The public sector maintains high medical standards, ensuring quality care for patients.


1. Long Waiting Times: Due to high demand, wait times for appointments, treatments, and procedures can be lengthy.

2. Communication Barriers: Not all staff members speak English fluently, potentially causing communication challenges for English-speaking patients.

3. Limited Service Options: While the public system covers essential healthcare needs, specialized treatments and alternative birthing options may be limited.

The Private Healthcare Sector: Comfort, Choice, and Efficiency

Private Room at Gleneagles Hospital


1. Shorter Waiting Times: Private hospitals typically offer shorter wait times for appointments, tests, and procedures, providing you with more timely care.

2. Excellent Customer Service: Private facilities prioritize personalized care and customer service, ensuring a comfortable and reassuring experience for patients.

3. Wider Range of Treatment Options: You and your loved ones have access to a broader range of medical services, specialists, and alternative birthing options in the private sector.

4. Fluent English Communication: Private hospitals often have English-speaking staff, alleviating language barriers for you and other expatriates.


1. High Costs: Opting for private healthcare comes with higher costs for consultations, procedures, and hospital stays, potentially straining your budget.

2. Lack of Subsidies: Unlike the public system, private healthcare services are not subsidized, increasing out-of-pocket expenses for patients.

By carefully considering these pros and cons, we can confidently make decisions that align with our preferences, priorities, and budget.

A Personal Trainer's Health Insurance Lesson - It is crucial to remember that unforeseen circumstances can arise unexpectedly. 

My friend Michael, a personal trainer, thought he could skip health insurance. Young and healthy, right? Wrong. Starting his own business meant more than just training – it was lifting weights, cleaning, and the whole entrepreneur hustle. His old back injury flared up, the pain became unbearable, and he landed in the hospital.

Public healthcare diagnosed a serious back issue needing immediate surgery, but wait times were long. Without insurance, Michael faced a tough choice: go private for quicker surgery (and a hefty bill) or risk his business on a waiting list. The private route meant advanced care, and faster recovery, but it cost him nearly a year's income.

The good news: Michael's back is fixed, and he Is back to training others. The bad news? This financial blow could have been avoided. 

Don't let a health emergency derail your life.

This serves as a reminder of the importance of having insurance in place before the need arises, providing peace of mind and financial protection in unexpected situations.

It is essential to remember that it is during emergencies when having the choice gives you peace of mind and reassurance. Whether facing a medical emergency such as cancer, an accident or even the joy of finding you are having a baby, private health insurance ensures immediate help is on hand when needed most

Ready to take charge of your healthcare journey and ensure peace of mind for any situation? 

Let us work together, and I will be there to guide you every step of the way.

Reach out today here for a free consultation and discover how Yotei Advisors (HK) Ltd can serve as your trusted partner.

Yotei Advisors (HK) Ltd.: Your Guide to Peace of Mind in Healthcare


Guiding Your Financial Journey and Crafting Your Future

In the vibrant heart of Hong Kong, Yotei Advisors (HK) Ltd stands as an independent financial insurance broker and financial planner with a legacy of over two decades. Our dedicated partners have called this bustling metropolis home, and our thriving client base includes esteemed professionals, enterprising entrepreneurs, and cherished families in Hong Kong and its surrounding regions.

"Remember, the best way to predict your future is to shape it."

So, let's embark on this journey together, where financial prosperity meets unwavering dedication.


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