Frequently Asked Questions about
The Employees' Compensation Ordinance, Cap. 282

Calculation of Medical Expenses
 
Q1. Can an employee receive medical treatment outside Hong Kong if he sustains a work injury in Hong Kong? Answer
Q2. Would the employer be still liable to pay the medical expenses if the injured employee purchases medicines pursuant to the same prescription on a second or subsequent occasions by himself?Answer

 
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Q1. Can an employee receive medical treatment outside Hong Kong if he sustains a work injury in Hong Kong?
A1.

According to the Ordinance, unless the employer entered into an agreement in writing with the employee, the employer is not liable to pay the employee medical expenses in respect of medical treatment given outside Hong Kong in relation to an accident occurring in Hong Kong.

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Q2. Would the employer be still liable to pay the medical expenses if the injured employee purchases medicines pursuant to the same prescription on a second or subsequent occasions by himself?
A2.

According to the Ordinance, medical expenses include the cost of medicines prescribed by a registered medical practitioner, a registered Chinese medicine practitioner or a registered dentist for the direct treatment of the relevant injury. Unless the prescription contains a direction that the medicines are to be dispensed for a stated number of times and the medicines are dispensed in accordance with that direction, the employee shall not be reimbursed for the same prescription on the subsequent occasions. And the amount of medical expenses the employee may recover is subject to the daily maximum of medical expenses payable.

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