Hospital to Set Rate for Patients Seeking General Treatment
Patients seeking general medicine treatment at the outpatient department of Binhai Hospital will be paying 200 yuan. The set rate can be paid using medical insurance cards which include registration fees, examination fees, treatment fees, laboratory examination and medicine fees.
Trial period for the set rate will start in July and will last for six months before the rate will be officially declared the new standard if the rate will be successful. The standard is based on the medical expenses at the top three hospital’s namely the Shenzhen No. 1 People’s Hospital, Beijing University Shenzhen Hospital and the Shenzhen No. 2 People’s Hospital. The average cost of an outpatient treatment in these three hospitals has been 230 yuan over the past three years.
Combining the fees into a single outpatient fee is a method that is used widely at general medicine departments of public hospitals in Hong Kong. By changing the charging system, this will prevent doctors from giving patients expensive treatments, examinations and prescriptions. The rate however won’t cover examinations such as Doppler ultrasounds, CT scans and nuclear magnetic resonance since these examinations at done in special departments.
The University of Hong Kong medical school will be running the outpatient department and is starting the trial operations in July. During its operation the department will be handling 300 patients everyday in divisions in the pediatrics, general medicine, orthopedics, gynecology, physical exams and daytime operations. The department offers 80 beds initially and will expand to 300 beds when the trials are done. The hospital emergency department is set to open by mid 2013.