The Health and Medical Development Advisory Committee recommended in their discussion paper "Building a Healthy Tomorrow" that the 'Government and the medical profession to devote more efforts to promote the family doctor concept'. It views family doctor as 'a general practitioner, a family medicine specialist or any other specialist'.The Hong Kong Medical Association decided to support the scheme by setting up a primary care register to facilitate the general public in their choice of a family doctor. All general practitioners, family medicine specialists, or any other specialists, according to the discussion paper, can enroll on the register as long as they subscribe to the family doctor concept, pledge to do continuous medical education, and agree to provide primary care service to their patients.
In March 2006, a questionnaire survey was conducted to tap the profession's view on the setting up of the register. About 70% of the respondents supported the formation of the register.
In September 2006, the Association decided that the information of the private practitioners would be printed on a district-based Primary Care Registry for the reference of the doctors in the public sector for referral purpose as well as for the general public who require the information.
In support of the Hospital Authority New Territories East Cluster's attempt to realize the 'one-citizen-one-doctor' concept, the Association decided to publish the New Territories East list as a pilot. This list is now ready.
Notes to editors:
The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts. The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health. The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world. In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.
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