Hong Kong is one of the healthiest places in the world.[1] Because of its early health education, professional health services, and well-developed health care and medication system, Hongkongers enjoy a life expectancy of 86 for females and 80 for men,[2] which is the third highest in the world, and an infant mortality rate of 2.73 deaths per 1,000 births, the ninth-lowest in the world.[3][4] The proportion of the population over 65 years old is expected to grow from 14% in 2013 to 18% in 2018, and the number of people with a long-term condition is expected to increase by 33% over the same period.[5]

Mental health appears to be more of a problem than physical health. It is reported that the number of mental health patients has increased by 2% to 4% every year since 2011 from 187,000 in 2011–12 to 226,000 in 2015–16. Pressure on children from the competitive education system and high parental expectations is blamed for rising levels of anxiety and depression in young children. Primary school children are reported to spend less time outdoors playing than convicted prisoners.[6]

The Secretary for Food and Health is responsible for formulating and implementing health policies of Hong Kong. The Bureau oversees the operations of the Department of Health and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. Public hospital service is provided by the Hospital Authority.

Department of Health

Main article: Department of Health (Hong Kong)

Hospital Authority Headquarters
Hospital Authority Headquarters

The Department of Health, under the Food and Health Bureau, is the health adviser of Hong Kong government and an executive arm in health legislation and policy. Its main role is to safeguard the health of the community through promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services in Hong Kong.[7] The main function of the department includes child assessment service, immunisation programmes, dental service, forensic pathology service, registration of healthcare professionals etc., though boards and councils (i.e. Medical Council of Hong Kong, Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong) are independent statutory bodies established under the relevant ordinances that operate independently to discharge their statutory functions.[8]

Medical Institutions

There are two medical training faculties established in Hong Kong. They are the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong and the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

See also


  1. ^ "Hong Kong health indices among world's best". Government of the Hong Kong SAR. 28 January 2003. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  2. ^ http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/data/4/10/27/110.html Archived 21 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Centre for Health and Protection, Department of Health, HKSAR Government. Retrieved 2011-6-3.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision" (PDF). United Nations. 2007. Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 October 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  5. ^ Britnell, Mark (2015). In Search of the Perfect Health System. London: Palgrave. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-137-49661-4.
  6. ^ "All work and no play: why more Hong Kong children are having mental health problems". South China Morning Post. 22 April 2017. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Homepage of the Department of Health, the Government of Hong Kong SAR". Hong Kong government. Archived from the original on 2 September 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2007.
  8. ^ "list of main services of the Department of Health, the Government of Hong Kong SAR". Hong Kong government. Archived from the original on 23 October 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2007.