In line with the strategic direction of the healthcare reform on enhancing primary care, the GOPC PPP Programme aims to expand GOPC services in districts with increasing demand for GOPC services by piloting a PPP model for the delivery of primary care service and promote the family-doctor concept in the community. It has been piloted in Tin Shui Wai North as the Tin Shui Wai Primary Care Partnership Project (TSWPPP) to purchase primary care services from private medical practitioners (PMP) since June 2008. TSWPPP has been extended throughout the TSW area since June 2010.
Under the TSWPPP pilot, patients suffering from specific chronic diseases such as Diabetes and Hypertension with stable medical conditions and in-need of long-term follow-up treatment at GOPCs are invited to join voluntarily at the same fee they currently pay for GOPC services.
In each 12-month period, participating patients receive a maximum of 10 Government subsidized consultations of which at least six on chronic illnesses management. Pathological tests and diagnostic radiological services are provided by the Hospital Authority (HA). Drugs are also provided by HA and are dispensed at PMPs’ clinics.
Quality and continuity of care are ensured through developed clinical guidelines and timely information sharing through a designated PPI-ePR platform, namely ‘PPI-Primary Care Profile’ between the public and the private sectors.
About 1,500 patients are now participating in the Programme.