The Hospital Authority (HA) announced on 26 July the service fee increase of nearly 4% for Participating Service Providers (PSPs) in the General Outpatient Clinic (GOPC) Public-Private Partnership Programme (PPP) from $3,034 to $3,155 per patient per year at the maximum with retrospective effect from 1 July, 2017.

Participating patients will continue to pay the same fee

"Since the Programme's launch in mid-2014, the HA has adjusted the service fee for PSPs in 2015 and 2016. Following the smooth operation and completion of the third Operation Cycle (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017), the HA has recently decided to further increase the maximum service fee for PSPs this year,” announced the HA Director (Cluster Services) Dr Wai-lun Cheung.

"The maximum total payment to PSPs per patient per year, covering up to 10 consultations, will be adjusted from $3,034 to $3,155. Participating patients, however, will continue to pay the GOPC fee of $50 per attendance.”

Calculation of the adjustment was based on the commonly used Composite Consumer Price Index (Medical Services), published in the Monthly Report on the Consumer Price Index by the Hong Kong Government's Census and Statistics Department for the period from July 2016 to June 2017.

GOPC PPP rolled out in 16 districts

The GOPC PPP was launched by the HA in mid-2014 in three pilot districts (Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin and Tuen Mun), with aims to provide choice to patients for receiving primary care services from the private sector, enhance patient access to primary care services, promote family doctor concept and help the HA manage demand for general outpatient service.

Under the Programme, participating patients only need to pay the HA GOPC fee of $50 (as per Gazette) for each consultation. Those who are recipients of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) or holders of valid full or partial medical fee waiver certificates will enjoy the same fee waiver arrangements as for the HA’s services.

"Implementation of the Programme has generally been smooth with an encouraging response. The Programme is currently implemented in 16 districts, and will be rolled out to the remaining two (Yau Tsim Mong District and North District) in 2018-19. As at mid-July, there are over 15 000 patients and 288 service providers participating in the Programme," said Cheung.

The HA will continue to monitor closely the implementation of the GOPC PPP and keep in view closely the feedback from service providers, patients and other parties concerned. MIMS

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