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    Advice wanted re possible move to HK from UK

    I have been approached re a job based in the Wan Chai district of HK and would like to ask a few questions about living in HK before I make my mind up.

    Salary will be around 40,000HKD a month plus housing so I know from other threads on the forum ,we will be able to live quite well and possibly save a bit as well, but I have a few specific questions I would like answers to if possible.

    1. What sort of mobile phone service is there in HK? Husband and self currently on Vodafone in the UK. Is Vodafone in HK or will we need to swap networks and get new phones?

    2. What sort of Cable / Satellite TV is available in HK? We currently have Sky here in the UK.

    3. My husband is Epileptic and one of my two sons is Asthmatic both get their drugs free in the UK. What is the norm in HK will they have to pay for them and how easy is it to get the same drugs as they are on in the UK?

    4. We have a rough collie dog which we would like to bring out with us. I know there would be no quarantine for her but what are the best dog friendly areas to live in?

    A long first post i know but any advice anyone can give me would be really great.

    Thanks


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    you will have to get a hk phone number with a hk company.

    check out Welcome to now-tv.com for cable

    i have no idea about the drugs, sorry. i would suggest explaining to your doctor that you are relocating and you would like as many of the drugs as they can prescribe until you can figure out the hk system. i would buy health insurance if possible. once you are here with a HKID card, then you can use public facilities at minimal cost. once you are in the system, you can continue to get prescriptions very, very cheaply. i can't guarantee that it would be exactly the same, though as they usually prescribe the generic variations of meds.

    there are many areas to consider if you work in wanchai. you could look at any of hte following (of course it will depend on budget):
    Happy Valley
    Mid-levels
    above Kennedy road south of wanchai
    discovery bay
    park island

    that should get you started.


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    I suggest contacting Enlighten regarding Epilepsy medicine and services in Hong Kong:

    Enlighten - Action for Epilepsy

    I also recommend contacting one of the better known private hospitals in Hong Kong be to offer you some insight with your families medical queries:

    Hong Kong Adventist Hospital

    A simple goggle search "asthma + Hong Kong" will also offer loads of insight as to asthma in Hong Kong.

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    Scotslass

    brief reply but dont worry about mobile phones. Its much cheaper than UK. We have CSL (1010) and you can text UK and abroad, cheaply and if you have a landline, you can get IDD calls with PCCW (Hutchinsons global) for calling UK aswell.

    Health matters - basically its private healthcare here with no continuity (unless you arrange the continuity by gettng yourself a specialist and seeing them as your regular doctor -same with GP)

    Asthma is common in Hong Kong so the treatment is up-to-date and if you know your prescription you can get medication OTC rather than the repeat prescription service, like in UK. You will pay for your medication , so get a batch before you come!

    La


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    Thanks everyone for your advice.

    The company would be providing private healthcare for me and the family so I assume that we would be able to use that to get a specialist although if it is the same as in the UK new policies don't usually cover existing conditions. However from what you say we should be able to buy their drugs fairly easily.

    Not too worried about having to change the phone etc although we will be under a fairly tight budget for the first month until I get paid.
    Main concern is that hubby and boys could still see the UK premier league. They are all keen Liverpool supporters and couldn't go 2 years without being able to see some of their games with english commentary.

    thanks again for the advice. I will keep everyone posted as to progress of job aproach.


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    louiseamanda>>

    hong kong has a fairly excellent public healthcare system that you can use so long as you have a HKID card. it DOESN'T HAVE to be private care here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scots lass:
    Main concern is that hubby and boys could still see the UK premier league. They are all keen Liverpool supporters and couldn't go 2 years without being able to see some of their games with english commentary.
    Watching the premier league is easier here than in the UK if you subscribe to the full Now TV sports package. All matches are shown live across the 7 NOW sports channels (plus you also have ESPN and Star sports which cover the FA Cup).

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    My partner recently went to the clinic here with tonsilitis, the cost of the consultation (with HKID) was 45 HKD, and that included a course of antibiotics and painkiller, much cheaper than the prescription charge in the UK!

    I also have asthma, and since it's preexisting my fancy-pants medical insurance won't cover it (which I suspect gives them carte blance to refuse any kind of lung related problem ). I wouldn't advise living around Wan Chai if your son's asthma is quite bad, the pollution there is pretty heavy.

    As for mobile phones, the monthly plans are cheap as chips here, but there's not so much subsidy on the handsets, so if you're happy with your current handset, get it unlocked before you come to HK (or take it to Mong Kok when you get here). I started out on a simple Prepay card, and it costs me around 100HKD (10 quid) a month.


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    Quote Originally Posted by carang:
    louiseamanda>>

    hong kong has a fairly excellent public healthcare system that you can use so long as you have a HKID card. it DOESN'T HAVE to be private care here.

    Carang

    Thanks for reminding me. You are right, it is possible to use the public hospitals too. I have heard varying reports of standards of care/nursing.


    For epileptic care in the case of a seizure of course its important to know where your nearest ED is and that you have the correct papers with you. It would be advisable to pay a visit before a possible (hopefully not!) event occurs, just so you know where to go, who to see/where the hospital is etc

    My friend has children with asthma and sees a specialisat directly at Repulse Bay (consultant paediatrician) and has direct access to care (by phone) in case of an attack which is not improving with the usual medication.
    Sometimes it involves an appointment AND Advice about medication and 'home' and sometimes an admission is arranged.

    Hope that helps.
    Re TV - have a look at 'now' tv , you can get many channels

    LA

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    and once you've made a trip to A&E, they are likely to refer you to their own, public doctors for follow-up.


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