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Hong Kong's public health system turns to private sector for help

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1194
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    The chairman of Hong Kong's Hospital Authority, Dr Leong Che-hung, has urged more partnerships between the city's public and private hospitals in a bid to ease the burden on the public sector.

    The hospital authority manages 44 of Hong Kong's 56 hospitals and treats 93% of the total number of patients in the region; treatment is 97% subsidised. Encouraging patients to migrate to the private sector would enable public hospitals to reallocate resources to areas where need is greater, Dr Leong said.

    “The public sector is basically very good and very cheap but has become a victim of its own success and is overloaded. I'm sure there are a lot of patients who …

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