Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Healthcare service in Hong Kong and its Challenges : the role of health professionals within a social model of health
Authors: Schoeb, V 
Keywords: Access
Health professionals
Healthcare delivery
Healthcare system
Hong Kong
Social determinants of health
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: French Centre for Research on Contemporary China
Source: China perspectives (神州展望), 2016, v. 2016, no. 4, p. 51-58 How to cite?
Journal: China perspectives (神州展望) 
Abstract: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region combines a British colonial history within a Chinese cultural context and offers its population a dual system with a comprehensive and efficient public health care system in tandem with private hospitals and practitioners. Multiple challenges are looming: increasing demand for health services due to an aging population, staff shortages at all levels, and an underdeveloped primary healthcare system. Health is determined by multiple factors and is defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. In recent years, the medical model of health focusing on pathology and disease has been considered insufficient, and a social model of health has been proposed, relying on a more holistic and broad definition of health. Rather than focusing on individual responsibility for health, the social model emphasises collective responsibility for health. This paper analyses the challenges facing Hong Kong in view of the social model of health. The discussion provides some reflections on medical dominance, the reasons behind limited primary care services, and what steps could be recommended to deliver healthcare services in Hong Kong in line with a more holistic view of health.
ISSN: 2070-3349
EISSN: 1996-4617
Appears in Collections:Journal/Magazine Article

View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record


Last Week
Last month
Citations as of Oct 11, 2018

Page view(s)

Last Week
Last month
Citations as of Oct 21, 2018

Google ScholarTM


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.