Today's shot was taken on my way to hydrotherapy this morning for my sprained ankle. Hong Kong has a rather unsustainable public healthcare system – it is simply too good and patients are way undercharged. No public health insurance of any sort is in place for the residents who are heavily subsidised for healthcare. The corollary is service abuse. The conventional wisdom among the locals is that when one falls into serious sickness or suffers injuries, the first thing is to queue up for public health service as a backup plan before deciding whether or not to use the private service.
Take my sprained ankle for example. I consulted two private foot specialists before but for long-term follow-up I use the public healthcare service. The public hospitals offer the largest troops of physiotherapists and the most complete facilities to help recovery at a minimal charge of, for example, just about 6 British pounds or 7 US dollars for each 2-hour physio session.