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postgraduate thesis: Addressing the waiting time for elective surgeries in Hong Kong's public healthcare : a review of best practices from other developed countries

TitleAddressing the waiting time for elective surgeries in Hong Kong's public healthcare : a review of best practices from other developed countries
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Law, C. [羅珮琳]. (2013). Addressing the waiting time for elective surgeries in Hong Kong's public healthcare : a review of best practices from other developed countries. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5098656
AbstractIn Hong Kong, access to elective surgeries in public hospitals is often associated with lengthy waiting times. Facing resource constraints and increasing demands from a rapidly ageing population, the Hospital Authority (HA) is constantly confronted by the healthcare rationing dilemma. To date, publicized data on elective surgery waiting times at the HA remain limited, and a standardized way of measuring waiting time is currently lacking. Recognizing that the definition of waiting time will form the basis for future policies in addressing the issue, a three-step approach will be taken in this paper. First, a comparison will be drawn for the varying definitions of waiting time worldwide. Next, a suitable definition will be proposed for Hong Kong, followed by analysis of where policy interventions are most needed for reducing waiting times. Finally, best practices for managing waiting times will be extrapolated from England, Canada, Australia, and Spain to serve as guidance for Hong Kong’s future policy direction.
DegreeMaster of Public Health
SubjectMedical care - China - Hong Kong
Dept/ProgramPublic Health
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/193838

 

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dc.contributor.authorLaw, Cynthia-
dc.contributor.author羅珮琳-
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-27T23:10:51Z-
dc.date.available2014-01-27T23:10:51Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationLaw, C. [羅珮琳]. (2013). Addressing the waiting time for elective surgeries in Hong Kong's public healthcare : a review of best practices from other developed countries. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5098656-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/193838-
dc.description.abstractIn Hong Kong, access to elective surgeries in public hospitals is often associated with lengthy waiting times. Facing resource constraints and increasing demands from a rapidly ageing population, the Hospital Authority (HA) is constantly confronted by the healthcare rationing dilemma. To date, publicized data on elective surgery waiting times at the HA remain limited, and a standardized way of measuring waiting time is currently lacking. Recognizing that the definition of waiting time will form the basis for future policies in addressing the issue, a three-step approach will be taken in this paper. First, a comparison will be drawn for the varying definitions of waiting time worldwide. Next, a suitable definition will be proposed for Hong Kong, followed by analysis of where policy interventions are most needed for reducing waiting times. Finally, best practices for managing waiting times will be extrapolated from England, Canada, Australia, and Spain to serve as guidance for Hong Kong’s future policy direction.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.subject.lcshMedical care - China - Hong Kong-
dc.titleAddressing the waiting time for elective surgeries in Hong Kong's public healthcare : a review of best practices from other developed countries-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5098656-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Public Health-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplinePublic Health-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5098656-
dc.date.hkucongregation2013-

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