Hong Kong is set to launch a pilot program that will combine Chinese and western medicine for the treatment of patients in three public hospitals, Sky Post reported on Wednesday.
The Hospital Authority will kick off the program as soon as Monday at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Tung Wah Hospital and Tuen Mun Hospital.
At least two traditional Chinese medicine physicians will be stationed in each of the hospitals during the two-year trial period. Cost per patient is estimated to be over HK$200 (US$25.8) a day on average.
According to a person with knowledge of the program, all participating doctors have undergone study and practice in traditional Chinese medicine for at least four years in local Chinese medicine schools.
As Chinese and western medicine practices differ widely, participating doctors will given medical records from both systems for counter-checking of data and better monitoring of patients.
The three public hospitals will have different target patients. Eastern will focus on patients suffering from acute lower back pain and plans to offer acupuncture therapy with no medicines involved. Tung Wah will focus on mild and moderate stroke cases, while Tuen Mun will target cancer patients, especially those afflicted with intestinal cancer.
When a patient is considered suitable for the integrated therapies, doctors of Chinese and western medicine will conduct joint consultation and come up with standardized treatment plans, the sources said.
The doctors will discuss their recommended therapies with each other to avoid cases of overdose or drug interaction.
Meanwhile, the government has reserved a site in Tseung Kwan O to build a Chinese medicine hospital, the report said.
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