Is a holder of the Hong Kong Identity Card issued under the Registration of Persons
Ordinance (Cap. 177, the Laws of Hong Kong) or the certificate of exemption, except those
who obtained their Hong Kong Identity Cards by virtue of a previous permission to land or
remain in Hong Kong granted to him and such permission has expired or ceased to be valid; or
a child who is a Hong Kong resident and under 11 years of age;
Agrees to enrol to eHRSS; and
Is living or working in the district of the corresponding DHC.
A1: The DHC is a primary healthcare initiative of the Government. Through public-private
partnership, medical-social collaboration, it provides district-based primary healthcare
services aiming to:
enhance public awareness of disease prevention and their capability in
self-management of health;
drive healthy lifestyle for prevention of chronic disease;
support the chronically ill to prevent deterioration; and
enhance client access to primary healthcare services.
A2: Each DHC consists of a core centre and a few satellite centres, being the healthcare
service and resource hub of the district.
A3: The core centre will offer primary healthcare services through individual service
sessions and group intervention. It will provide primary, secondary and tertiary prevention
programmes. The satellite centres will offer primary prevention programmes and other group
A4: The first DHC in Kwai Tsing District has commenced operation at the end of September
2019. The DHC scheme will be rolled out to other districts progressively.
A5: The Government will identify a non-governmental organization through open tender.
A6: The core team of the DHC consists of nurses, a physiotherapist, an occupational
therapist, a dietitian, a pharmacist as well as social workers.
A7: Apart from the services provided within the core and satellite centres, the DHC Operator
has to purchase private healthcare services from the district and this forms the DHC
network. The network services include medical consultation, Chinese medicine consultation,
physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, optometry assessment, podiatry and speech
A1: Individuals living or working in the district of the corresponding DHC.
A2: An individual who
is a holder of the Hong Kong Identity Card issued under the Registration of Persons
Ordinance (Cap. 177, the Laws of Hong Kong) or the certificate of exemption, except
those who obtained their Hong Kong Identity Cards by virtue of a previous permission
to land or remain in Hong Kong granted to him and such permission has expired or
ceased to be valid; or a child who is a Hong Kong resident and under 11 years of
agrees to enrol in the electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHRSS); and
is living or working in the district of the corresponding DHC.
A3: He should present the identity document and residential or working address proof.
A1: Registration and membership are free. The membership is lifelong.
A2: The Scheme includes primary, secondary and tertiary prevention programmes. Primary
prevention programmes consist of health promotion and disease prevention activities.
Secondary prevention includes screening for diabetes mellitus and hypertension in targeted
group of clients. Tertiary prevention programmes cover chronic disease management and
A3: Clients who have risk factors identified through the screening for diabetes mellitus or
hypertension under the DHC scheme will be referred to the DHC Network Medical Practitioners.
A4: All of the group activities are free, as well as the individual healthcare services
provided by nurse, pharmacist and social worker at the DHC. Individual healthcare services
including medical consultation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, optometry
assessment, speech therapy, podiatry, Chinese medicine services and medical laboratory
services require co-payment by the DHC client.
A5: Civil servants and Hospital Authority staff have to make the co-payment for DHC
A6: Yes, healthcare service sessions are provided based on clinical needs, and the maximum
number of sessions for different DHC programmes has been set.
A7: Beyond the maximum number of subsidised sessions, the client has to pay the fees charged
by the Network Service Provider.
A8: Under the Scheme, the DHC client can receive subsidised healthcare professional services
for the targeted diseases within the scope as specified. Individual clients may receive
additional service(s) or treatment at their own expenses.
A9: Government subsidy for the chronic disease management programme includes medical
consultation, medical laboratory services, Chinese medicine and individual allied health
service sessions, but not medication.
A10: Upon referral by Network Medical Practitioners, the client can receive medical
laboratory services as arranged by the DHC Operator.
A11: For the DHC, the medical consultation fee of $250 is subsidised by the
Government and any extra amount will be paid by the client. For other individual healthcare
service sessions including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, optometry
assessment, speech therapy, podiatry and medical laboratory services, the co-payment by the
client is capped at $150. The co-payment by clients referred by the Hospital Authority for
community rehabilitation programme is capped at $100. The co-payment for Chinese medicine
services is capped at $150.
A12: Clients who have participated in the Elderly Health Care Voucher Scheme can pay for DHC
services from their Health Care Voucher accounts.
A13: Individual allied health services require medical referral from the DHC Network Medical
Practitioner. Self-referral will be accepted for Chinese medicine services.
A14: Registration with the DHC Scheme is entirely voluntary. Clients who wish to withdraw
from the scheme can inform the DHC operator.
A15: Yes. Eligible clients are welcome to register as DHC member any time.
A1: To facilitate continuity of care, all DHC clients and Network Service Providers are
required to enrol in the eHRSS. With prior consent from the client, clinical information
will be shared with the service providers through the eHRSS, on a need-to-know basis.
A2: All DHC members must enrol in the eHRSS. The DHC will not be able to provide a
coordinated service effectively to the client who withdraws from the eHRSS. The client will
have to terminate his / her membership of the DHC Scheme.