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Background

Who can register as a DHC member?

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 age;
  • Agrees to enrol to eHRSS; and
  • Is living or working in the district of the corresponding DHC.

To register for eHRSS, press the following icon:

Link to eHRSS

How can I enrol in DHC services?

Register at corresponding DHC

With referral

Client Journey

Individuals Living or Working in the District. Next. DHC Core or Satellite Centre. Next. Health Risk Factors. Next. Nurse Counselling and Education. Next. Health Programmes. Finally. Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Strong. Refer Clients with Risk Factors for Diabetes or Hypertension to Network Doctor. Next. Medical Consultation. Next. Medical Laboratory Services. Next. Diagnosis and Management. Next. Individual Healthcare Services or Group Activities. Finally. Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Strong.

District Health Centres (DHC)

New Territories

Kowloon

Hong Kong

FAQ

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 activities.
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 therapy.
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 age; and
  • 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 community rehabilitation.
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 services.
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 Kwai Tsing 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.
For more FAQs on the eHRSS, please click here.