TAIPEI (The China Post) – Walking into the MTR station in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, an advertisement for the Greater Bay Area project invites you to “Explore, Experience, Embrace Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area,” immediately attracting people’s attention.
The advertisement features eleven circles, each representing a city, such as Zhaoqing, Foshan, Jiangmen, Zhongshan, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Huizhou, Macao, and Hong Kong, shining under bright lights. Located in the southeastern part of the country, Hong Kong, which is marked by an orange icon, is even brighter and more dazzling.
In the blueprint of the Greater Bay Area, the so-called “China Great Silicon Valley” planned by the government, Hong Kong people see the big future of the medical profession.
Hong Kong medical professionals generally believe that Hong Kong’s medical advantages will be an opportunity to fill the Greater Bay Area need gap. Recently, many Hong Kong medical professionals have been working hard to carry out related deployment work.
It is worth mentioning that Hong Kong will provide more services to various cities in the Greater Bay Area in the future.
In February this year, China’s Central Government officially announced the “Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area,” which ambitiously planned to integrate 11 cities into an economic and innovation hub.
“The population registered in the Greater Bay Area is as high as 60 million, and the number of non-registered residents is even more to 170 million. The Hong Kong healthcare system has an excellent reputation,” said Dr. Liu Zhongheng.
“It is well known for the quality and technology of medical professionals in Hong Kong that most mainland residents are more likely to trust.
There is a great room for the Hong Kong’s medical profession to develop within the Greater Bay Area,” added the member of the Health and Medical Committee of the Guangdong, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Cooperation Promotion Association who has often attended meetings in the Greater Bay Area.
Has the Greater Bay Area opened doors for Hong Kong’s doctors to expand or is red tape still an issue? Hong Kong doctors divided on this matter.
Although most people are optimistic about business opportunities, there are also a few medical professionals who are worried as with the previous Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), even though the law has opened the door in principle, there are still many red tape restrictions.
For example, local governments had adopted a strict licensing system for Hong Kong to protect industries from competition. Most of the time, only a specific size outpatient clinic, rather than a general small clinic was able to obtain a business license, and finally led to only a few financially strong or officially good candidates to successfully obtain permission and set up clinics.
However, many Hong Kong medical professionals are still optimistic that if the development of the Greater Bay Area in the future can be as suggested by the former deputy mayor of Shenzhen, Zhang Siping, the Hong Kong free trade system will be extended to the entire Greater Bay Area, making it the largest free trade zone in China.
By then, the integration of health care in the Greater Bay Area will realize. Hong Kong can also grasp the medical advantages, fill the medical needs gap of the Greater Bay Area, and expand the development space of the Hong Kong medical profession in the Mainland.