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Diversity and Occasional AnarchyOn Deep Economic and Social Contradictions in Hong Kong$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139446

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139446.001.0001

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On Public Health Care Finances

On Public Health Care Finances

(p.167) 17 On Public Health Care Finances
Diversity and Occasional Anarchy

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the cost of financing public health care in Hong Kong, assuming that the present health care system remains largely unchanged. A number of simple projections regarding the public cost involved are made, and the associated results are analyzed. The author claims that increasing the supply of doctors and nurses through foreign importation and local education-training are necessary in a bid to arrest the deterioration of service quality and delivery in the Hospital Authority. Hong Kong's rapidly ageing population will tremendously increase the demand for health care services. Yet public money that can be allocated to health care services is not going to increase accordingly; it might even shrink. Therefore it is of key importance to come up with a pro-active plan to boost Hong Kong's working population growth as well as the supply of health care personnel.

Keywords:   Hospital Authority, Public health care, Health care services, Health care personnel, Service quality, Policies, Hong Kong, China, Economy

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