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    priority for appointments is given to those with underlying health conditions but you got to be in the public health system already.

    I was recently suspected to have some form of cancer and the earliest public hospital appointment was 6 weeks away.

    Needless to say, I went private and directly to a specialist surgeon, had a biopsy done the same day, and the results were negative. The cost was 8K.

    Even if it was positive, I would have gone the private system first, then follow up through the public system.

    There’s a govt hotline that you call to make an appointment at a govt clinicbut I’m sure you can google it. I put it in another thread. Will try to look for it later

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    Thank you all for the responses. A lot to think about and work through.

    I once did go to a private clinic for gut pains and got a referal to public hospital for a colonoscopy as they didn't expect it to take long and a fraction of the cost. Well that was 9 months ago and my apt is in July lol. Luckily my pain is better so I'm ok waiting a few more months for the colonoscopy. But this is why I was looking for quickest path.

    Thanks again all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque
    Does someone know if going direct to a government clinic can get you in the HA system faster if it's needed?
    Yes it can be done very fast. A couple of years ago my wife went to the Mona Fong Government Clinic in Sai Kung town in November with bleeding symptoms. Doctor ordered immediate test at TKO Hospital. After testing TKO passed her to United Christian Hospital as cancer was diagnosed at stage 1. In the December the HA sent her, free of charge, for scan at St Pauls Hospital. Result identified the tumour and she was operated on in the January. From initial consultation to leaving the hospital was 2 months. Amazing speed for the HA.
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    Is there a difference in quality in govt clinics? I saw the list online and there is one near me here in Tuen Mun, but your experience with the sai kung mona fong sounds good. I've never been to SK but I hear it's quite high end area. Hate to say it but seems like better areas get better clinics from my experience back in the states. Wondering if I should chose my clinic carefully or just go closest.

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    Tongbaos, the Mona Fong Clinic is staffed from TKO Hospital. IMHO it really depends on which Doctor sees you. My wife was lucky that the Doctor suspected cancer straight away and ordered the immediate test. With another Doctor she might not have been so lucky and slowly worked her way through the normal system.

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    Ah ok thanks. I ask because I don't seem to have luck around here and with the Tuen Mun hospital. I know one of the govt clinics down the street from me always has a huge line of elderly every day. When I went in to ask about an apt one day they couldn't really speak to me in English well at all so I went elsewhere. The TM hospital is hit and miss with English, most is good enough, but the doctors seem always in a rush with quick judgemental diagnosis which I've had proven wrong when I went for a private x-ray.

    So maybe I'll have better luck in a different part of town. Thanks again.


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    Drop the people at HKCF a line and see if they have any recommendations. They're a caring group... and should be able to provide you with some advice on how to proceed.

    Our experience with them has been post-diagnosis, but worth dropping them a line to see if they can assist you.

    https://www.cancer-fund.org/en/how-we-help/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tongbaos
    Ah ok thanks. I ask because I don't seem to have luck around here and with the Tuen Mun hospital. I know one of the govt clinics down the street from me always has a huge line of elderly every day. When I went in to ask about an apt one day they couldn't really speak to me in English well at all so I went elsewhere. The TM hospital is hit and miss with English, most is good enough, but the doctors seem always in a rush with quick judgemental diagnosis which I've had proven wrong when I went for a private x-ray.

    So maybe I'll have better luck in a different part of town. Thanks again.
    I'd try to drop your notions or perspectives about health care based on your experience in the US. There's no prejudice when assigning doctors to clinics.

    Yes, the admin staff that first greet you won't be able to speak English well. Most (all?) public doctors would have been trained in English, so that should be no problem (some will even be fluent). With nurses it can be hit or miss. Keep in mind, day in and out, they're speaking in Cantonese so to have to switch language is a bit of mental gymnastics. Be patient.

    I'd go to the clinic closest to you for ease of follow up blood work and subsequent visits.

    I think despite the waiting times, it's a very good service and it can help you. But unlike America, you cannot have it all "now!", and that's OK too.

    Btw, if you go one day and feel there was some issues with the diagnosis, I don't think there's anything from stopping you going again to another doctor (although that'd be abusing the system a bit and taking appointments from those in need).
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    Good to know thanks.

    Shri, I'll definitely contact them. Thanks.


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    Well I just gave the hkcf a call and their advice matches here. Go to any clinic and get a referal to hospital. But since thing can move slow in the beginning the quicker option is go to private oncologist for testing, and if positive then they can refer me to the public hospital. Once you have a positive diagnosis things tend to move faster by the sound of it.

    So all thats left to decide now is go private or take my chances I get a good doc at a govt clinic like at mona fong. Time to call up some private clinics to see what kind of fees it will be for testing and potential biopsy costs.

    Thanks again all. Kinda scary thing to go through and appreciate the help!

    Ps. If anybody has any good doc or clinic suggestions you have used I'd be glad to hear.

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