In accordance with the Government’s policy direction to promote the development of “evidence-based” Chinese medicine (CM) and out-patient CM services in the public sector, as well as to provide training placements for local CM degree programme graduates, the Hospital Authority (HA) was tasked to establish a total of 18 Chinese Medicine Centres for Training and Research (CMCTRs) in each of the 18 districts since 2003. The 18 CMCTRs all operate on a tripartite collaboration model involving the HA, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and a local university, and the NGOs are responsible for the running and day-to-day operation of the CMCTRs. The 18th CMCTR in Islands District has commenced operation in July 2014, and the target of establishing one CMCTR in each of the 18 district was completed to serve the general public. In 2018, the total number of attendances at the 18 CMCTRs was about 1.2 million.

The Government has all along been committed to promoting the development of Chinese medicine (CM) in Hong Kong. As announced in “The Chief Executive’s 2018 Policy Address”, the Government will formulate a holistic CM policy and incorporate CM as an integral part of the healthcare system in Hong Kong.Starting from March 2020, the 18 CMCTRs will be transformed into CM clinics at district level and will be renamed as Chinese Medicine Clinics cum Training and Research Centres. The Government will allocate resources for 18 CM clinics to provide an annual quota for government subsidised out-patient CM services which is applicable to eligible Hong Kong residents.

In 2013 Policy Address, the Government set up the Chinese Medicine Development Committee to study on policies including promoting treatment with integrated Chinese and Western Medicine and introducing Chinese Medicine in-patient services. In 2014 Policy Address, the Government has reserved a site to develop a Chinese Medicine hospital to provide Chinese Medicine in-patient services. To help the Government gather experiences in the operation of integrated Chinese-Western medicine (ICWM) and Chinese Medicine in-patient services, the HA has been tasked by the Government to carry out an ICWM pilot project (pilot project). Phase I of the pilot project provides ICWM treatment for HA in-patients of selective disease areas, namely stroke care, cancer palliative care and Musculoskeletal Pain Care (low back pain) implemented at Tung Wah Hospital, Tuen Mun Hospital and Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital respectively. Four more hospitals - Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin Hospital, Kwong Wah Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital – joined Phase II of the ICWM Pilot Programme in December 2015 to offer stroke care, Musculoskeletal Pain Care (low back pain) and cancer palliative care respectively, bringing the number of hospitals participating in the ICWM Pilot Programme to seven in total. Commenced in April 2018, Phase III implemented a new disease area, Musculoskeletal Pain Care (shoulder and neck pain), at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in addition to the pilot programmes of Phase I and II.
Last update: 2020.03.01