Health care services

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The chapter examines the existing health care financing and delivery system in Hong Kong, and highlights a number of potential problems as well as opportunities when the territory becomes a Speical Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China in 1997. Problems include the reluctance of the current government to make any significant changes in health care financing during the transition period, the further strain on the territory's already overused health services by Mainlanders, and the lowering of the standard of health care as a result of the influx of China's health care professionals to Hong Kong. The opportunities include an increased supply of health manpower, and the development of traditional Chinese medicine as an alternative for consumers.

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From Colony to SAR: Hong Kong's Challenges Ahead

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