Hospital Begins its Trial Operations
The University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital started its trial operations yesterday and patients coming in for general medicine treatment at the outpatient department of will pay a rate of 130 yuan. The rate can be partially covered by medical insurance cards and is the combination of fees for registration, treatment, examination, laboratories and medicine.
Average cost for treatment at the three major hospitals in Shenzhen has been a steady 230 yuan for the past three years. It is not known if Hong Kong residents can use their Hong Kong medical insurance cards when seeking treatment at the hospital. More than 100 patients came and were seen by doctors by 1 pm yesterday. One patient said that his visit was nice and service was good as he made an appointment for 11 am and was seen by the doctor by 11:30. The doctor saw him for more than 30 minutes which is longer than what other doctors spend seeing him at other hospitals.
A total of 31 doctors which include 10 doctors from Hong Kong and around 80 nurses were on duty during the hospital’s first day. The Hospital also suggests patients to come in at least 30 minutes ahead of their appointed time. During the trial period the hospital can only see 300 patients in a day and emergency treatment is not offered during this period.
The University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital is the first hospital to be attached to HKU on the Chinese mainland. Once the hospital is fully completed next year, it will be providing 2,000 beds and can receive 10,000 patients a day.