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Privately managed health-care providers may make inexperienced doctors scapegoats for wrongdoings unless the government enhances its proposal to become a stringent monitoring system, an alliance of medical professionals said.
A recently proposed appointment of a medical director in health maintenance organizations to oversee operations is a move the health authorities believe will ensure ethical medical practices.
Currently, the number of HMOs is still unknown as they are not required to register with the government. But Kwok estimates there are at least 200 in operation. "It's a potential crisis, you can't shut down a HMO even if it were found to be prescribing unsafe drugs," Siu said.