Analyses | Medicine and healthcare | 2016-12-12 | Sing Tao

Lightening the burden of A&E services: What else could be done apart from raising charges?

More and more people go to hospital emergency departments when there is no real emergency - this behaviour has started to affect the quality of medical services. The Hospital Authority is said to be considering doubling the charge for accident and emergency services to $220. Are there alternative ways to encourage ‘non-urgent’ patients to utilise outpatient clinics services?

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