Analyses | Medicine and healthcare | 2019-09-27 | HKET

Enabling a paradigm shift from curative to preventive healthcare

People are used to see doctors only when they get sick. However, this health-seeking behaviour cannot always keep them healthy. With an ageing population and the growing prevalence of chronic illnesses in Hong Kong, the public hospital services are under huge pressure. As the first local District Health Centre in Kwai Tsing has just come into service, the Centre believes that it is a chance to reorient the healthcare services from ‘curative care’ to ‘preventive care’, from ‘specialist and hospital services’ to ‘community-based care’, as well as from ‘profession-led’ to ‘community engagement’ to completely change people’s health seeking behaviour.

The full version of the commentary is in Chinese only.