Although the relative performance of GP and GOPC sentinels may not be directly generalizable to other settings with differences in infectious disease dynamics and healthcare systems, the implications for data collection are nevertheless relevant.
Specifically regarding Hong Kong, it is unclear why alerts from the private GP network have better timeliness than those from the public GOPC network.
The Table also shows simultaneous monitoring results for all 8 geographic data streams from both GPs and GOPCs.
The HA will continue to monitor closely the implementation of the GOPC
PPP and keep in view closely the feedback from service providers, patients and other parties concerned.
Patients only need to pay the HA GOPC fee of $45 for each consultation.
Patients with hypertension and/or diabetes mellitus (with or without hyperlipidemia), who have been attending the GOPCs in the districts concerned for more than a year and are in stable clinical condition, will be invited to join the Programme voluntarily.
For a more efficient vaccination arrangement, Dr Chuang advised eligible patients with regular follow-up at Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOPCs) or GOPCs to receive vaccination at the time of their pre-scheduled follow-up appointments within the vaccination period.
Members of the public can enquire at the respective specialist clinics or GOPCs they are attending, or make enquiries on the HA hotline 2300 6555 during office hours.
The service hours for vaccination at GOPCs
are from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding evenings, weekends and public holidays.