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GBA patient subsidies extended

The Health Bureau today announced the extension of the Pilot Scheme for Supporting Patients of the Hospital Authority in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area for one year till March 31, 2025.


From April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025, the authority's eligible patients can continue to receive subsidised consultation services at the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital (HKU-SZH).


Under the pilot scheme launched in May last year, patients with scheduled follow-up appointments at the authority’s designated Specialist Out-patient Clinics (SOPCs) or General Out-patient Clinics (GOPCs) can receive subsidised consultations at HKU-SZH.


At the end of last month, over 4,000 eligible patients had enrolled in the scheme. A survey conducted by HKU-SZH between the end of 2023 and early 2024 revealed that nearly 60% of the patients participating in the scheme are aged 65 or above.


The survey also showed that 96% of the participating patients have their habitual residence in Guangdong, with some 60% residing in Shenzhen. Over 90% of the respondents are satisfied with the services delivered at the hospital and enjoy the convenience of attending follow-up consultations on the Mainland that spare them the tiring journeys to Hong Kong.


The arrangements under the extended pilot scheme will remain the same. Eligible patients pay RMB100 for each consultation at the hospital’s designated outpatient clinic, with the remaining fee subsidised by the scheme subject to a cap of RMB2,000.


The subsidised consultation services will continue to cover major SOPC and GOPC services provided by the Hospital Authority. Episodic illnesses, inpatient or day inpatient as well as Accident & Emergency services are not included.


All subsidies for current participating patients of the pilot scheme will expire on March 31, 2024, and patients should review their remaining subsidy balance and consider using it according to their clinical needs by the end of March.


Eligible patients intending to continue with the scheme may make a consultation appointment as usual with HKU-SZH via the existing channels. However, they should complete a declaration at the hospital to confirm their continued participation before receiving subsidised consultation service.


Those who wish to quit the scheme and return to Hong Kong for follow-up consultations at the Hospital Authority's SOPCs or GOPCs may approach HKU-SZH which will make referrals for them to get follow-up appointments at the authority's corresponding out-patient clinics.


Eligible patients who are new to the pilot scheme or those who have joined but need to update personal information may submit an application to HKU-SZH from April 1.


Noting that the Government is committed to medical collaboration in the Greater Bay Area, Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau said the Health Bureau will keep monitoring the progress of various bay area medical collaboration initiatives.


“Apart from reviewing the effectiveness of arrangements such as the pilot scheme, we will keep up with the strengthening of medical collaboration with the Mainland, contributing to the national strategy of 'Healthy China'."


Details of the extension of the Pilot Scheme for Supporting Patients of the Hospital Authority in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao GBA will be uploaded to the HKU-SZH website.


Call the Hospital Authority on 2300 7070 or HKU-SZH on (+86) 0755-86913101 for enquiries.