Prevention vs. Treatment in Hong Kong

Ho Mun Chan

in Prevention vs. Treatment

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199837373
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919499 | DOI:
Prevention vs. Treatment in Hong Kong

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This chapter examines the tension between allocating resources to prevention as compared to treatment in Hong Kong. The examination shows that the development of preventive care there faces similar problems, dilemmas, and challenges as it does in many other societies. Hong Kong is a Chinese society. Despite the influence of Western culture and medicine, the society is still deeply shaped by the tradition of Chinese medicine and the moral ethos of Confucianism. Chinese medicine has a long and distinct tradition of putting emphasis on prevention, and the moral culture of Chinese communities is deeply shaped, though not entirely dictated, by a constrained utilitarianism present in the Confucian tradition. The case of Hong Kong is an illustration that in Chinese societies the tension of prevention vs. treatment can be ethically resolved in a way very different from it is in many other societies.

Keywords: Hong Kong; China; Chinese medicine; Confucianism; utilitarianism

Chapter.  7306 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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