31 August 2009

In Sickness or in Health – Part 2 疾病或健康-下卷


Several months ago a good friend of mine in Hong Kong had a medical emergency. Struck suddenly by paralyzing stomach pain, Wilson checked himself into Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (養和醫院) in Happy Valley. He underwent surgery the following day and remained hospitalized for a week. Luckily for Wilson, his company’s medical plan covered a big part of his hospital bill and whatever extra charges for staying in a swanky semi-private ward were picked up by the supplemental insurance my friend had purchased on his own. Fully recovered and feeling quite pampered, Wilson walked out of the Sanatorium seven days later with a new found zest for life.




Sickness, like natural disasters and death, is a powerful leveler of mankind. Sure enough, Wilson’s health scare struck him without warning and brought his busy life to a complete halt...

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Read the rest of this article in HONG KONG State of Mind, published by Blacksmith Books, available at major bookstores in in Hong Kong, on Amazon and at Blacksmith Books.




10 comments:

  1. "Hong Kong's health care system" - good topic!!!

    Sally

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  2. I like the title of last picture (Still No.1in U.S?) How to find this picture?

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  3. It was on one of the covers of "The Economist" magazine.

    Jason

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  4. Jason,

    其實好多香港人都好似你朋友---因為工作而忽略自己的健康,往往要自己的身體出現問題才令悟到健康的重要。

    多謝你分享了Wilson的故事, 令我們重新去注意自己的健康,你提到HK的醫療制度亦令我感到生活在這裡是一件幸福之事^^

    LLY

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  5. Our government doesn't do a lot of things right, but healthcare seems to be a rare exception.

    Jason

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  6. my dad had been servant of the govt for the past 40 years as a teacher but my mom hasnt been treated for her eyes, the govt hospital had delayed her treatment for 3 to 4 years until she could not see properly almost blind they called her to see private doctors which total cost her HK$70000, its only common eye sickness, its not only a special case, every one using the govt hospital has to wait for so long that they didnt care about u, an emergency has to wait for 9 months to do surgery, if u really wait , u will die, will u wait anymore??
    for the patients who wait for 3 years to see depression and anxiety, the govt give u only the old medicine which can cause seizures and a lot of side effects where else the patients who see private doctors hav new medicine. These cases hav been reported in HK news it happened to me too!

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  7. Rita,

    Thanks for your comment. I am sorry to hear what happened to your mom. Sounds like quite a few people did manage to fall through the cracks in our "imperfect" system.

    Hope your mom is alright now.

    Jason

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  8. aaaahh I hate to ask about the elephant in the room but, "do the mainland Chinese women who come to HK to have their second babies get free healthcare too?" I know their kids get the HK ID- do the kids get free HK healthcare for life....

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  9. Once the child has a Hong Kong ID, he/she should be entitled to free health care. I think that's fair enough.

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  10. Considering the standard tax rate being just about 15%, Hong Kong's health care system is superb via-a-vis many others.

    -J

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