Title

Rational rationing of health services: an innovative approach for charging and financing health services in Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

Priority setting and rationing of health services has been adopted in many countries in North America, Australasia, and Europe.1-3 In Asia, however, most countries have not yet embarked on such strategies. In Hong Kong, institutions under the Hospital Authority provide Hong Kong residents a comprehensive range of secondary and tertiary care at a heavily subsidised rate. Over 90% of the Hospital Authority’s income is from the government’s general revenue. Patients in public hospitals pay a fixed per diem fee (approximately US$8 per day) that covers less than 2% of the actual average cost of a patient day in an acute public hospital...

Source Publication

Hong Kong Medical Journal

Volume Number

12

Issue Number

6

First Page

S4

Last Page

S6

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