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Medical Equipment


Medical Equipment Market in Hong Kong (Unit: USD thousands)








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Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports)
Data Sources:
- Total Local Production: Hong Kong Census & Statistics Department & Industry Sources
- Total Exports: Hong Kong Census & Statistics Department & Industry Sources
- Total Imports: Hong Kong Census & Statistics Department & Industry Sources
- Imports from U.S.: Hong Kong Census & Statistics Department & Industry Sources

For the purposes of this profile medical equipment, refers to the instruments and apparatus found under HS code 9018, 9019, 9021; breathing appliances under HS code 9020, radiotherapy apparatus under HS code 9022, thermometers under HS code 9025, furniture under HS code 9402, all with applications in medical or dental field.

Hong Kong relies heavily on imports to satisfy its medical equipment needs since the city’s medical equipment production is low. Total medical equipment imports in 2012 amounted to US$1.75 billion, representing a decrease of two percent over 2011. The United States was the market leader in the high-end market segment, capturing about 24 percent of the total import market in 2012, a decrease of four percent of total market share from 2011.

Hong Kong is also a sourcing point for medical products for mainland China. In 2012, transshipment of medical equipment to China through Hong Kong amounted to US$1.11 billion; accounting for approximately 62 percent of Hong Kong’s medical equipment re-exports to all destinations.

Hong Kong’s population of 7 million enjoys a comprehensive range of medical and health services delivered by the public and private sectors. On the public side, the Hospital Authority (HA) manages 41 public hospitals and institutions, 47 specialist out-patient clinics, and 74 general out-patient clinics. The rest of the medical service needs are met by Hong Kong’s 12 private hospitals and hundreds of private out-patient clinics. The HA is the largest end-user of goods and services in Hong Kong’s healthcare sector.

In terms of public healthcare, the Hong Kong Government will allocate additional funding of about US$350 million to the HA in 2013-14, raising its annual recurrent expenditure to US$6.3 billion. The HA will add about 150 acute patient beds and 130 convalescent beds in the coming year. The organization will also explore the option of converting Wong Chuk Hang Hospital into an institution with convalescent and infirmary services. The recently completed North Lantau Hospital will come into operation in phases this year. The expansion of Tseung Kwan O Hospital and the phase two redevelopment of Caritas Medical Centre will also be completed in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The Government is pursuing the construction of Tin Shui Wai Hospital; the expansion and redevelopment of United Christian Hospital; Kwong Wah Hospital and Queen Mary Hospital; and the construction of the new Center of Excellence in Pediatrics. To strengthen care and support for mental patients, the HA plans to use more than US$1 billion to redevelop Kwai Chung Hospital (a psychiatric hospital). On elderly medical services, the HA will strengthen the treatment of degenerative diseases to meet the demand of an aging population.

As to private healthcare sector development, the Hong Kong Government will explore public-private partnership and study the feasibility of further outsourcing services. In terms of private hospital development, the Hong Kong Government will introduce the disposal of more land for its development.

The Hong Kong Government is also interested in implementing the Health Protection Scheme (HPS) – a health insurance scheme. Currently, a study is underway to analyze the provision of financial incentives and subsidies necessary to encourage people to purchase health insurance, thereby have access to private healthcare services.

The healthcare system of the Macau Special Administrative Region includes specialized and primary healthcare provided by two public hospitals: Hospital Conde de S. Januário and Macau University of Science and Technology Hospital (also known as MUST Hospital), and one private, non-profit hospital, Kiang Wu. One of the best ways for American SME suppliers to sell medical products in the Macau market is through Hong Kong-based agents or distributors, given the relatively smaller size of Macau and the proximity of the two markets. Many of Hong Kong’s medical agents/distributors have established networks and excellent relationships with the medical industry in Macau.

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

Apnea Monitors
Blood Analysis Devices
Blood Pressure Equipment
Cardiology Equipment
Dental Instruments
Imaging Products
Joint Replacement Products
Laser Surgery Equipment
Physiotherapy Equipment


Hong Kong’s public and private healthcare development projects represent outstanding business opportunities for U.S. suppliers of hospital systems, medical devices, laboratory equipment, instruments and hospital supplies.

A working group and a consultative group have been set up to make specific recommendations on the implementation of the Health Protection Scheme (HPS). If HPS moves forward, more people will be encouraged to make use of private medical facilities. Interested hospital developers, designers and equipment suppliers should start to make contacts with the authorities and industry players soon.

In neighboring Macau, every resident enjoys free primary healthcare services. Specialist treatment is also free of charge for 80 percent of public hospital patients. 13 non-profit medical service organizations are subsidized by the Government. 10 billion has been allocated to improve the healthcare system.

Hong Kong’s population aged 65 or above is expected to surge from the current 900,000 to 2.1 million by 2030. Macau has a population of 552,300, of which 8 percent (or 44,200) is 65 and above. The rapidly aging population from both cities will need elder care facilities, such as nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, as well as products for the elderly.

The people of Hong Kong and Macau are becoming more health conscious and focused on preventive care, which increasingly includes routine vaccinations, screening for various cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, prenatal care and regular wellness visits.

Owing to various government campaigns, the Hong Kong public is becoming more aware of oral health. Cosmetic dentistry has also become very popular in the last several years.

Web Resources

Trade Shows:

China International Medical Equipment Fair
Website: http://en.cmef.com.cn/
Description: The Fair is held twice a year, spring and autumn, in two different cities in China. The exhibition covers a wide array of products, including, medical imaging, diagnosis instruments, electronic devices, medical information technology, first aid and rehabilitation equipment and supplies.

Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair
Website: http://www.hktdc.com/fair/hkmedicalfair-en/HKTDC-Hong-Kong-International-Medical-Devices-and-Supplies-Fair.html
Description: The Fair is organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council & co-organized by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA). The fair showcases a wide variety of medical devices, supplies and concepts.


Hong Kong Doctors Union
Website: www.hkdu.org/
Description: Hong Kong Doctors Union is the only trade union for all doctors in Hong Kong. Its primary objective is to safeguard the welfare and rights of doctors.

Hospital Authority
Website: www.ha.org.hk
Description: Established in December 1991, the Hospital Authority is a Hong Kong Government body responsible for managing Hong Kong's public hospitals and clinics.

The Hong Kong Medical Association
Website: http://www.hkma.org/eindex.htm
Description: The Hong Kong Medical Association represents the interests of medical practitioners in Hong Kong. With a membership of approximately 8,500, which comprises the majority of registered medical practitioners in Hong Kong, the Association nominates members to serve various medical and related statutory and non-statutory institutions.

The Private Hospitals Association
Website: www.privatehospitals.org.hk
Description: The Hong Kong Private Hospitals Association represents the interests of the 13 private hospitals in Hong Kong.

Macau Health Bureau
Website: www.ssm.gov.mo
Description: The Macau Health Bureau is a public institution established to coordinate the activities between public and private health care organizations and is responsible for specialized and primary health care services, as well as disease prevention and health promotion.

U.S. Commercial Service Hong Kong

Contact: Ms. Olevia Yim, Sr. Commercial Specialist
Tel: (852) 2521-1467
Fax: (852) 2845-9800
Email: olevia.yim@trade.gov
Website: www.export.gov/hongkong