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This book, comprising 22 chapters within four parts, is the output of a multidisciplinary think-tank of academics, who aimed to provide an evidence base to support health care reform in Hong Kong. Like many nations, Hong Kong has recently experienced health care reform at an unprecedented rate. For example, in 2002 the government introduced charges for accident and emergency department patients. The aim of this book is to provide guidance and examples of international best practice to policy-makers and health care managers, and to impart knowledge about Hong Kong’s health system to postgraduate students.
The collection begins with historical overviews of demographic transitions and the epidemiological, technological and economic forces underlying change, focusing on universal concepts of equity, market structures …