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Cancer Treatment in Hong Kong: Public vs. Private and Costs

Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Hong Kong for the past two decades. Here's all you need to know.
Last Update:
October 7, 2021
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Cancer Treatment in Hong Kong: Public vs. Private and Costs
Cancer Treatment in Hong Kong: Public vs. Private and Costs
Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Hong Kong for the past two decades. Here's all you need to know.
Last Update: October 7, 2021

According to data from the Department of Health, cancer has been the leading cause of death in Hong Kong for the past two decades. Being diagnosed with cancer is a serious issue. It should be treated as soon as possible before it further grows and spreads. Alea provides you with this guide, which includes all the information about cancer treatment options in Hong Kong.


Cancer statistics in Hong Kong

Data from the Department of Health shows that in 2019, cancer represented more than 30% of deaths in Hong Kong. Around 195 people (out of every 100,000 population) died of cancer that year, an alarming increase from 169 per 100,000 people in 2001.

The Hong Kong Cancer Registry under the Hospital Authority presents the 5 most common cancer types in 2019:

  1. Lung Cancer
  2. Colorectal Cancer
  3. Breast Cancer
  4. Prostate Cancer
  5. Liver Cancer

According to 2019 data from the Hong Kong Cancer Registry, while breast cancer mostly affected women (especially among the ages of 20 to 74), lung cancer and colorectal cancer were the top 2 cancers for men (especially from the age of 45).

Most new cases of cancer in 2019 found in both genders aged from 0 to 19 were caused by Leukemia.

You can visit this website to know more about the key figures of cancer in Hong Kong, as well as the biology of cancer.

Cancer treatment costs in Hong Kong's public sector

Important: there are three types of fees and charges within the public sector. Generally, public hospitals charge much cheaper than private ones.

For details, please call the Hospital Authority at 2300 6555.

* Beware that due to the large number of patients handled in the public sector, there may be long delays to start cancer treatment. In the past years, there have been several publicized cases of cancer patients who could not rapidly get treated in Hong Kong's public hospitals.

* All amounts were last updated in October, 2021. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.

Cancer treatment costs in Hong Kong's private sector

Currently, there are 13 private hospitals in Hong Kong. For general outpatient service, they might charge anywhere between HK$180 to HK$800 per attendance. In specialist clinics inside the hospitals (such as Oncology Clinic), you might need to pay HK$540 to HK$2,000 each attendance for doctor's consultation only.

There was a case in which a patient was charged HK$160,000 for a seven-day treatment, plus HK$37,800 every month for medications.

Chemotherapy treatment can reach as much as HK$700,000 in the most expensive private hospitals.

In the past 2 years, the average cost of cancer treatment in Hong Kong was about US$81,000 (around HK$628,000) per treatment. Our exclusive research conducted with healthcare and insurance providers showed an ongoing case reaching US$800,000 (about HK$6,200,600) in cancer treatment costs in Hong Kong so far.

You can check out the room rates through our guide to Hong Kong's 13 private hospitals, and here is a useful guide to oncologists (cancer specialists) in Hong Kong.

We have prepared a useful summary for you to check the details of the respective clinic/department/centre of the hospitals regarding their charges:


Contact Information
**Canossa Hospital (Caritas)**Click here for more details
Call 2825 5805 or 2825 5806
**Evangel Hospital**Click here for more details
Call 2711 5222
Gleneagles HospitalClick here for more details
Call 2122 1333
Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Stubbs RoadClick here for more details
Call 3651 8833
**Hong Kong Baptist Hospital**Click here for more details
Call 2339 8500
**Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital**Click here for more details
Call 2835 8877
**Matilda International Hospital**Click here for more details
Call 2849 0355
**Precious Blood Hospital**Click here for more details
Call 3971 9980
**St. Paul's Hospital**Click here for more details
Call 2830 8888
**St. Teresa's Hospital**Click here for more details
Call 2200 3193 or 2711 6700
**Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital**Click here for more details
Call 2275 6888
**Union Hospital**Click here for more details
Call 2608 3383

* It is very important to keep in mind that in Hong Kong, private medical fees are not subject to regulation or standardization. *

* All amounts were last updated in October, 2021. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.

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Public vs Private: How to Choose?

When deciding to choose whether the public or private sector, there are few things to consider:

  1. Cost - As shown above, it is significantly higher in the private sector.
  2. Waiting time - You can expect to wait much longer in public hospitals than the private ones.
  3. Service - While doctors and medical staff in both sectors are qualified and well-trained, private hospitals usually offer a variety of packages to improve patients' experience and comfort level during their stays.
  4. Freedom of choice - In the private sector, you can choose the doctor and hospital you prefer; whereas for the public sector, you must seek treatments in your cluster, the doctors and nurses on call on the day of your treatment will be at your service.

You have the complete freedom to decide which sector to choose. However, in order to be treated for such an unpredictable disease in the fastest time possible, getting yourself health insurance is recommended, so that the private sector can become an option for you if an urgent treatment is needed.

Are cancer treatment costs covered by insurance?

Cancer surgeries are usually reimbursed under hospital/surgical benefits whereas chemotherapy/radiation therapies are usually reimbursed under cancer cover. Generally, high-end medical plans will reimburse cancer treatments in full without any sub-limit whereas local plans will have sub-limits. Our team has unique expertise and extensive experience in medical insurance, both with local and international plans, for individuals, families and companies. If you want to check your current coverage, improve or have any insurance questions, contact an Alea advisor or by email at hello@alea.care.

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This article was independently written by Alea and is not sponsored. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional advice and should never be relied upon for specific advice.