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Does the employer have to pay for a domestic helper’s medical expenses?

Yes. According to the Labour Department’s Standard Employment Contract guidelines, employers must provide free medical treatment and emergency dental treatment for domestic helpers. It doesn’t matter if the injuries or sickness are related to work.

Employers are not responsible, however, to provide free treatment during the time a domestic helper leaves Hong Kong for personal reasons (eg. visiting home).

What does “free medical treatment” entail?

Free medical treatment includes medical consultations, maintenance in hospital, and emergency dental treatment. This is why it’s strongly encouraged that you take out an insurance policy with full medical and hospitalisation coverage.

Can I pick the medical practitioner?

Yes. According to the contract, a domestic helper must accept treatment by any registered practitioner that the employer chooses. We recommend that you talk to your domestic helper beforehand about which practitioner she should consult when she gets sick or hurt.

Who pays for a domestic helper’s dental costs?

While employers are only required to provide emergency dental treatment for domestic helpers, many employers do help their domestic helper to access regular dental care. Here are some resources that may be helpful:

Other Resources:

  • BowtieGo: BowtieGo is a health and wellness membership program managed by Bowtie Life Insurance Company Limited and the outpatient benefit under the membership program is not an insurance plan.

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Last updated on June 30th, 2021