"Paper Health Code" exposed! Clear customs with one paper
The Guangdong - Hong Kong Mutual Recognition Health Code will be released soon, and 14 government-approved private hospitals and laboratory centers are ready. Some private hospitals are conducting internal testing procedures and are preparing to fill out reports for customers to declare health codes. Ta Kung Pao exclusively obtains a sample of "paper health codes". In addition, some private hospitals and medical groups have launched new Coronavirus testing health code packages, and even launched a throat cut war. The medical group launched a 950 dollars testing package, which is nearly 70% cheaper than private hospitals that provide one-stop services.
"Paper Health Code" is like a certificate letter, showing that the test result of the holder is negative, and detailed personal information and expiry date.
The Hong Kong Health Code is a two-dimensional code with a validity period of seven days. It is stored on a smart phone so that the public can recognize each other and be exempt from quarantine when crossing customs. It is understood that the health code only accepts virus test results issued by recognized medical institutions. If the test result is negative, the public can download their own health code on the smart phone from the Department of Health website. If you do not have a smart phone (such as the elderly or children), you can obtain the "paper health code" from the testing medical institution.
According to the "Paper Health Code" template provided by the Baptist Hospital, the content is in both Chinese and English, listing the name of the tester, the number of the home visit permit and other certificate numbers, the method of sampling, the laboratory number, the date of collection, and the expiry date. And the signature of the chemist; at the same time, the "paper health code" must show that the test result is negative to pass the customs. In addition, the Baptist Hospital also attached a health certificate letter to cross-border people for filing.
In addition to paperwork, private hospitals and medical groups have to face price competition. Seven private hospitals approved by the government provide one-stop services, with fees ranging from more than 1,000 to more than 3,000 dollars. Ta Kung Pao reporters used websites and telephone inquiries to understand and summarize the charges, time and testing status of the seven private hospitals.
Baptist Hospital and Union Hospital respectively provide "deep throat saliva test" and "nasopharyngeal swab test" all-inclusive packages. The general test fee of Baptist Hospital is $1,820, and samples are submitted before 1 pm, and test results can be obtained in the evening. The "Deep Throat Saliva Test" at Union Hospital costs $2,000, and the general "Nasopharyngeal Swab Test" costs $2,500. Samples are submitted before 3 pm, and the results will be available as soon as possible. If you want to speed up the procedure, both hospitals can choose the "rapid nasopharyngeal swab test". The results will be available about two hours after the sample is taken. The Baptist Hospital charges $2,320 and Union Hospital charges $3,200.
The Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital and the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital both offer "deep throat saliva test" and "nasopharyngeal swab test". The former provides a "nasopharyngeal swab test" for a general test fee of $1970, and a "rapid nasopharyngeal swab test" costs $2270, with results in about two hours; the latter "rapid nasopharyngeal swab test" costs $2,000. Results will be available within two hours at the earliest. In addition, the "deep throat saliva test" in the two hospitals is $1,500. The sample is submitted in the morning and the result is available in the afternoon. However, the fee for the above package requires an additional doctor's fee, starting at about $220.
The government will promulgate the progress next week
Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong and Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital only provide "deep throat saliva test" packages, which cost $1950 and $2,000 respectively. Samples are submitted before 5 pm, and results are available on the same day. The fee includes the doctor's consultation fee. There is no need to make an appointment in the Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital can also choose to arrange video consultations and arrange the transportation of sample bottles at an additional cost. As for the "deep throat saliva test" and "nasopharyngeal swab test" provided by Canossian Hospital, the general test fee starts at $1,500, and the doctor's consultation fee starts at $320. Results will be available in about four to six hours.
In addition, the Chairman of the House Committee of the Legislative Council, Li Huiqiong, quoted Chief Secretary for Administration CHEUNG Kin-chung as saying that the government is actively doing a lot of work on the implementation of the health code.