Primary Care Development Strategy
In 2008, the Government published the Healthcare Reform Consultation Document “Your Health, Your Life” setting out a comprehensive package of proposals for reforming the healthcare system, including enhancing primary care development especially the provision of continuing, preventive, comprehensive and holistic healthcare services. In 2010, the Food and Health Bureau (FHB) published the “Primary Care Development in Hong Kong: Strategy Document”, setting out the major strategies and pathways of action for improving the delivery of primary care services in Hong Kong. The Primary Care Office was established in the same year under the Department of Health (DH) to support FHB in the implementation of strategies to enhance primary care. Major initiatives under Primary Care Office include the development of the primary care reference frameworks, establishment of the Primary Care Directory, and promulgation of primary care and family doctor concepts.
In her 2017 Policy Address, the Chief Executive directed that, to further illustrate the effectiveness of medical-social collaboration, FHB should set up a District Health Centre (DHC) with a brand new operation mode in Kwai Tsing District within two years. In this relation, FHB has established the Steering Committee on Primary Healthcare Development (Steering Committee) in November 2017, which comprises key persons/representatives from the medical and allied health professions (including family medicine, nursing, Chinese medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy), academia, non-governmental organisations, and district groups. The Steering Committee would formulate the development strategy and devise a blueprint for primary healthcare services. The Steering Committee will review the efficiency and effectiveness of the software and hardware for the delivery of primary healthcare services; seek to enhance co-ordination among various medical and social sectors and public-private partnership; encourage the public to take precautionary measures against diseases, strengthen their capabilities in self-care and home care, raise their health awareness and promote health management. The Steering Committee will also devise strategies which best fit the needs of the community with a view to enhancing primary healthcare services at the district level. FHB has also established the Working Group on District Health Centre Pilot Project in Kwai Tsing District, which comprises medical and healthcare professionals, district representatives, academia, to provide advice on the planning, implementation and evaluation of the DHC pilot project.