Dentists in Hong Kong
There is no government dental care provided for the general public in Hong Kong. Although civil servants, including teachers, get dental care provided as part of their healthcare plans.
The Dental Council of Hong Kong (www.dchk.org.hk/) provides a list of registered dentists. Consider getting recommendations from friends and colleagues. All private hospitals and most government hospitals also have dental clinics. Dentists and orthodontists are well qualified and provide all dental services.
Dentist visits are generally expensive and a simple cleaning can cost HK$90-600. Orthodontist treatments can cost HK$400-500, although costs depend on the amount of work you require. Make sure you make an appointment before visiting a dentist in Hong Kong.
Alternative therapies are common among locals and expats and all kinds of remedies are available. Most of the practitioners are certified in Australia and the U.K. Some places offer courses and train people in different remedies.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is becoming more and more popular in Hong Kong. It is now offered in clinics at several public hospitals. Common treatments include acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion and herbal medicine. Some drugs found in Chinese medicine, such as ephedra, are legal in Hong Kong, but are banned in other parts of the world. A list of registered Chinese Medicine practitioners is available from the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong at www.cmchk.org.hk.
Pharmacies in Hong Kong
Most Western over-the-counter and prescription drugs are available in Hong Kong and can be purchased at pharmacy counters in branches of Mannings & Watsons, and at dispensaries such as Victoria Dispensary (Theatre Lane, Central).