Hong Kong Health Care System

3758 WordsOct 8, 200616 Pages
Current Situation This report offers an evaluation of Hong Kong's health care system. In this section, three important strengths and four fundamental weaknesses are highlighted. Strengths Hong Kong has a relatively equitable health care system. Every resident has equal access to essential health care. The financial burden of health services is financed in an equitable manner, and health services are reasonably equally distributed by geographical region. Establishment of the HA brought steady improvement in certain aspects of quality and efficiency of services provided by public hospitals. The health care system is relatively cost effective. Hong Kong's health care system is relatively cost effective when compared to…show more content…
Also the political feasibility of the status quo makes this option attractive. Implications for meeting objectives and for major stakeholders: The current health care system of HK suffers from several serious weaknesses, and it could get worse in the future if no changes are made. Maintaining the status quo will not meet the future objectives of managing the government budget for health care or targeting funds for those who cannot afford to pay themselves. Also, primary care and prevention services are becoming increasing important these days, and the current system does not address these areas very well. Doing nothing to change the system will forfeit the opportunity to overcome compartmentalization, improve quality and efficiency, meet the future needs of Hong Kong population, and manage overall health expenditure inflation. Under this option, the government treasury would be directly affected, since the rising demand for health care will necessitate increasing government funds for public health facilities. According to our projections, by 2016 public expenditures on health under the status quo may represent 3.4 to 4.0% of GDP and absorb almost 20% of total public expenditures. It may seem that other major stakeholders will remain unaffected; in the long run, however, the general public could be adversely affected. As the government spending for health care increases, less fund will be available for other important areas such as education or
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