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Moving to HK in 2 weeks - 21 weeks pregnant, need hospital advice!

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    DonnaDE is offline Registered User
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    Moving to HK in 2 weeks - 21 weeks pregnant, need hospital advice!

    Hi everyone,

    I'm moving to HK in 2 weeks time on a work visa, and I'll be 21 weeks pregnant at the time with my first baby. I have been looking at hospital websites and I honestly don't know where to start!

    The first question is public or private? I don't know where I'll be living yet, and I won't know until I arrive and actually look at apartments, so I've been leaning more towards private. I'm fully covered with BUPA up to a total maternity package of 10,000 UK pounds, which is pretty good, but I notice the prices on some private hospital websites are a substantial amount more expensive for non-HK residents. As someone residing in HK on a work visa and with an ID card, would I fall into the category of HK resident, or is that only for permanent residents?

    On the other hand, I really dislike the 'business' side of private hospitals and would never ever use a private hospital in my home country, and from the reading I've done it seems the level of medical expertise is much higher in public hospitals. And I also read that you must go to the hospital nearest to where you live?

    I really feel lost at the moment, so any advice to a complete HK newbie would be greatly greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Donna

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    Aquarian is offline Registered User
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    At 21 weeks pregnant I dont think you'd be able to get a space in a private hospital. As I understand it you need to be booked in pretty much as soon as sperm hits egg.

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    DonnaDE is offline Registered User
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    Is this still the case now that mainland Chinese mothers are no longer allowed to give birth in HK? I thought that would have relieved some of the pressure on private hospitals?

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    Loveisgood is offline Registered User
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    Hi DonnaDE,
    Have you got a doctor in mind? If your set towards private, then you can always give it a try. It's probably worth making few calls and see what they say.
    Good luck!

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    Aquarian is offline Registered User
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    They're allowed to give birth here but they're not allowed to use the public system. So I *think* that's actually putting more pressure on the private hospitals, but I could be wrong - someone else might know better.

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    Maggie_gjl is offline Registered User
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    Much reduced mainland mothers, both public and private this year, so you should be able to get in private. I understand that the private slots are per obstetrician though, so if you choose a popular one and his slots are all full, for your due date, you will need to search again.

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    Actually, as of Jan 1 of this year, mainland mothers without a Hong Kong husband are not allowed to deliver in public or private hospitals (unless they live/work in HK and hold an HKID, of course.) This should take a great deal of the pressure off the private system, as well as public. If you have a particular (private) hospital in mind, it is worth calling the OBs who are affiliated with that hospital to see if any of them can get you in. It just might still be possible, this year.

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    Aquarian - That's not quite right. Mainland moms were barred from public hospitals quite some time ago. The private hospital ban came later. The OP can probably still book now. It's much more relaxed and civilized now.

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