Service fee for private doctors under GOPC Public-Private Partnership Programme increased

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The Hospital Authority (HA) today (July 26) announced the service fee increase of nearly 4 per cent 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 July 1, 2017.
     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.
     The HA Director (Cluster Services), Dr Cheung Wai-lun, said, "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.
     "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.
     "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."
     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.

Ends/Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:00