Population, housing and the availability of medical & health services in an industrializing Chinese community

Author

Lee, Rance Pui-leung

TitlePopulation, housing and the availability of medical & health services in an industrializing Chinese community
PublisherSocial Research Center, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Publication DateJuly, 1972
Pages:34
Keywords:Housing
Community health services
Population
Kwun Tong
Kwun Tong – Population

Social conditions

Abstract/ Concluding Remarks:The relationships of the availability of medical and health services to the size of population and the quality of residential housing are examined in the present study of ll administrative subdistricts of a newly developed industrial community, named Kwun Tong, of Hong Kong. Three kinds of medical and health services are considered; they are the modern Western health care units, the traditional Chinese health care units, and the drugstores.

We found that these three types of service units are unevenly distributed among various regions, and that their spatial distributions are positively interrelated. Furthermore, the availability of various types of medical and health services is found to be positively associated with the population size and the residential-housing quality. Relatively, the availability of the Chinese health care units and of the drugstores are more likely than that of the Western health care units to be dependent upon the population size, while the availability of the Western health care units is more likely than that of the other types to be dependent on the quality of residential housing.

Since in Kwun Tong the distributions of population size and housing are to a large extent planned while there has been no comprehensive planning about the distribution of health services, our finding may shed some light on the general issue concerning the impact of the partial planning in the development of a new industrial and urban community. Moreover, the findings may add to our understanding of the differences and interrelations between the modern Western and the traditional Chinese medical sectors in a modernizing Chinese society.

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