According to the Hospital Authority, the median wait time for non-emergent new cases of mental illness in children and adolescents in 2016/2017 is 69 weeks, whereas adults only need to wait 12 weeks. Long wait times drive more parents to turn to private treatment.
The government service gaps1 due to the complexity of the problems straddling multiple sectors.
Only concise diagnosis enables parents to seek optimal early interventions. The price of a private therapy session ranges from HK$1,200 to HK$3,150. Reviewing that the individual health insurance provides adequate cover for the private psychiatric services and rehabilitation becomes extremely important.
As mental health exclusion is commonly found in many life insurance policies, check your policy for the right coverage to create an enabling environment for healthy mental growth of children.
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