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How much does it cost to have a baby in HK?

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    How much does it cost to have a baby in HK?

    I just found out that my wife is pregnant, and would like to get an idea of how much it will cost to give birth so that I can prepare accordingly.

    I am here in HK on a work visa, and my wife has a dependant visa. I have heard from some that the cost could be as high as 50k and some have said the cost could be as low as 500 dollars - but they weren't sure if that applied only to permanent residents, or anyone with an ID card.

    Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    John

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    "Eligible Persons of public health services are holders of Hong Kong Identity Card issued under the Registration of Persons Ordinance or children under 11 years of age with Hong Kong resident status."

    Check out this site:

    http://www.ha.org.hk/hesd/nsapi/?MIv...R%26Area%3dOBS

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    Does anyone know what the story is for kids if they have health problems then. Are children of people with visas resident- I thought that was only after 7 years, or is the difference that is permanent residency. I am surprised if they make children pay but not the adults?

    Just curious

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    Thanks for the link, ELT :-)

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    Congrautlations John!

    Have a read through this thread on costs in Private Hospitals.

    Private Hospital Costs for Child Birth
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    Hi Rani,

    I took a look at a couple of threads and came close to jumping out of the window after seeing some of the prices :-) I am assuming those costs are for a private hospital, right?

    This child is a little unexpected so I have found myself quite unprepared financially. Do you know if public hospitals are ok, or am I a naive and awful father-to-be for even considering it?

    Thanks again,
    John

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    I know what you mean!

    Public hospitals are absolutley fine. You'll see a lot of members go the public route.
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    Hi JohnO

    Yep, pretty darn expensive if you go private all the way, and are not covered by insurance. When I was doing my costing, total fee (hospital stay, OB-GYN's delivery charges, paed, anesthetist, ante-natal checks) would have come up to HK$150k.

    If you opt for private, check out packages offered by the hospitals (also check hospitals on the Kowloon side - no need to restrict yourself to hospitals on HK island). The packages do cover the full range of ante-natal check ups, ultrasounds, and hospital stay. Make sure you BOOK A PLACE now.

    If you decide to go with public health care, I heard Queen Mary is pretty good.

    :)

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