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Friday 1 November 2013 12:05pm

Development and Change

Robin Gauld and Derek Gould

the_hong_kong_health_sectorThe book

Since the 1990s, the Hong Kong public health sector has been under constant review: there has been increasing emphasis on the need for major changes in its structure and funding, and traditional Chinese medicine has received formal recognition. This book covers the period from British colonisation of Hong Kong in 1841 through to the present day. It looks at the way in which the health sector developed, the structural arrangements that resulted, and the manner in which the heath system functions today. For those involved in the sector, this will be essential reading. With the system's colonial origins, and the presence of complementary therapies, the book makes an interesting case study for anyone working in public health.

'... The authors give us an invaluable account of the historical legacy of the Hong Kong health sector and show how the past led to its piecemeal non-system of today. In particular they offer rich material on and analysis of the developments in the past two decades ... A must-read for anyone interested in health policy.' William C.L. Hsiao, K.T. Li Professor of Economics, Harvard School of Public Health

The authors

ROBIN GAULD is Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, and Director of the Centre for Health Systems — that spans the School of Business and the Dunedin School of Medicine. His book The New Health Policy (Open University Press, 2009) was awarded first prize in the Health and Social Care category at the 2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards. Other recent books include Continuity amid Chaos: Health Care Management and Delivery in New Zealand (Otago University Press, 2003), Revolving Doors: New Zealand's Health Reforms - the Continuing Saga (Institute of Policy Studies and Health Services Research Centre, 2009), The Age of Supported Independence co-authored with Beatrice Hale and Patrick Barrett (Springer, 2010), Health Care Systems in Asia and Europe co-edited with Christian Aspalter and Uchida Yasuo (Routledge, 2011), and Democratic Governance in Health, co-authored with Miriam Laugesen (Otago University Press, 2012).

DEREK GOULD is a retired Principal Assistant Secretary for Health and Welfare in the Hong Kong Government, now turned consultant. He also lectures on health policy and public administration at various universities.

Publication details

Paperback, 192 pages, illustrated, ISBN 1 877276 29 4, $39.95
Out of print

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