A special support scheme will be launched tomorrow to provide an alternative for Hong Kong chronic disease patients residing in Guangdong Province to receive subsidised medical consultations under the COVID-19 epidemic.
Announcing the scheme today, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government said under the compulsory quarantine measures currently in force, some Hong Kong residents residing in Guangdong Province are unable to travel back and forth between the two places for scheduled medical consultations at the outpatient clinics under the Hospital Authority as they did before.
To ensure their health conditions can be effectively monitored and taken care of in a continued and co-ordinated manner, the Hong Kong SAR Government has appointed the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital (HKU-SZH) to take up subsidised follow-up consultations for patients with scheduled appointments at designated Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOPC) or General Outpatient Clinics (GOPC) under the authority.
The scheme covers the majority of SOPC and GOPC services including anaesthesiology (pain clinic only), cardiothoracic surgery, clinical oncology, ear, nose and throat, eye, gynaecology, medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics, orthopaedics and traumatology, paediatrics and surgery.
Episodic illnesses, inpatient or day inpatient and accident and emergency department services are not included.
Patients with follow-up appointments between February 17 this year and July 31 next year may submit applications to the HKU-SZH along with the required supporting documents.
Patients may register for the Electronic Health Record Sharing System through the HKU-SZH and make a data access request to the Electronic Health Record Office with authorisation for the HKU-SZH to receive copies of the medical records on their behalf.
The medical records will be used by relevant healthcare staff in providing appropriate healthcare services.
Eligible patients under the scheme are required to co-pay RMB100 as a consultation fee per each designated outpatient service at the HKU-SZH.
The rest of the medical fees are subsidised under the scheme subject to a cap of RMB2,000 per patient.
The scheme will be open for application at the HKU-SZH starting tomorrow.
Those eligible may receive medical consultations at the HKU-SZH before July 31 next year or until the lapse of the quarantine requirement in both Hong Kong and the Mainland, whichever is earlier.
The HKU-SZH will accord priority in arranging consultations for patients whose medical appointments are overdue.
Call the authority at 2300 7070 or the HKU-SZH at (+86) 0755-86913101) for enquires.