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Trend of public hospital utilisation in Hong Kong
香港公立醫院使用情況


There are 14 major public hospitals in Hong Kong. For a hospital, the occupancy rate normally indicates the utilisation of inpatient service in a given time period, while inpatient discharges/deaths reflects the actual caseload. Such information is mainly used for health planning purposes.

These maps show the inpatient discharges/deaths and inpatient occupancy rate for major hospitals in Hong Kong from 1997- 2007. Data were obtained from Hospital Authority, Hong Kong. Defined class intervals used for inpatient occupancy rate are in graduated colour (rainbow colour). The inpatient discharges/deaths are in graduated symbols (light blue circle), the size of which being proportion to the rate.

Throughout the ten-year period, the inpatient discharges/deaths and occupancy rate of most public hospital have remained relatively stable. There was however wide variation between hospitals. Two new hospitals, namely, Northern District Hospital (NDH) and Tseung Kwan O Hospital (TKOH) began operation only in the last decade. The initial discharges/ deaths, and occupancy rate were relatively low in these newly-open hospitals but have gradually increased subsequently. It is noted that a high occupancy rate does not necessarily mean high discharges/ deaths.

香港有十四所主要公立醫院。一般而言,醫院入住率反映住院服務在某一期間的使用率,而住院/死亡人次則指實際數值。這些資料主要用作醫療策劃之用。

這組地圖顯示由一九九七年至二零零七年間,香港主要公立醫院住院/死亡人次及住院病人入住率的轉變情況。數據源自香港醫院管理局。入住率的數值區間顯示為漸變顏色(彩虹顏色),而住院/死亡人次數值區間顯示為漸變圖示(淺藍色圓形圖像),後者圖形大小和數值成正比。

過去十年,個別公立醫院的住院/死亡人次和入住率均維持穩定的水平,醫院與醫院之間的差異則較大。北區醫院與將軍澳醫院兩所新醫院,分別於過去十年開始投入服務,初期的住院/死亡人次及入住率相對較低,但其後逐漸上升。要注意:高入住率並不一定代表住院/死亡人次較多。

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