2018-10-19

Second Reading debate on the Private Healthcare Facilities Bill on 14 Nov 2018


The Private Healthcare Facilities Bill ("the Bill") was published in the Gazette on 16 June 2017 and received its First Reading at the Legislative Council meeting on 21 June 2017. The Bill seeks to provide for a new regulatory regime for four types of private healthcare facilities, namely hospitals, day procedure centres, clinics and health services establishments, which will replace the Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Maternity Homes Registration Ordinance, and the Medical Clinics Ordinance and its subsidiary legislation currently in force.

At the House Committee meeting on 23 June 2017, Members agreed to form a Bills Committee to study the Bill.  The Bills Committee has held 12 meetings with the Administration. The Bills Committee has also received oral representation from 31 organizations and three individuals at one of these meetings.  It covers the followings,
  • Proposals in the Bill
  • Scope of "medical procedure" and "medical service"
  • Health services establishment
  • Exclusion for certain private healthcare facilities set up by two universities
  • Medical laboratory
  • Scope of the premises of a licenced facility
  • Requirement on separate entrance
  • Licensee being a limited company
  • Conditions of licence  
  • Hospitals providing palliative hospice services  
  • Small practice clinics  
  • Cancellation of licence on death of individual licensee
  • Regulatory actions in relation to licence that the Director may take  
  • Regulatory standards of private healthcare facilities
  • Managing the day to day administration of a private healthcare facility  
  • Proposed requirements on price transparency
  • Complaints against private healthcare facilities 
  • Committee on Complaints against Private Healthcare Facilities
  • Making and processing of a facility complaint
  • Advisory committees relating to the regulation of private healthcare facilities  
  • Service of notice or other document  
  • Commencement of the Bill  
The Administration has informed the Bills Committee of its intention to resume the Second Reading debate on the Bill at the Council meeting of 31 October 2018.

If you have any comments, feel free to contact my office at:
  • Room 801, Legislative Council Complex, 1 Legislative Council Road, Central, Hong Kong
  • Tel : 3543 0560
  • Fax: 3543 0371
  • Email:info@drchanpierre.org

Further information 沛然評論

Further readings prepared by Pierre:

Introduction/ 簡介
Documents

(Time) Application
(Person) Control, control and control/「全面管治權」
For enquriy, you can contact the Office for Regulation of Private Healthcare Facilities, 3107 8451 or orphf@dh.gov.hk
Feel free to contact my Legco office.
  • Room 801, Legislative Council Complex, 1 Legislative Council Road, Central, Hong Kong
  • Tel : 3543 0560
  • Fax: 3543 0371
  • Email:info@drchanpierre.org

REFERENCES

  • Report of the Bills Committee on Private Healthcare Facilities Bill (LC Paper No. CB(2)61/18-19)
  • 《私營醫療機構條例草案》委員會報告 (立法會CB(2)61/18-19號文件)


Dr. Pierre Chan

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