Comparison Between School Medical Service and Student Health Service

School Medical ServiceStudent Health Service
Administrationstatuory School Medical Service BoardDepartment of Health (DH)
Objectiveto provide curative service to participating studentsAims (1) to achieve positive health and psychosocial well-being of school children through adoption of healthy lifestyles. (2) early detection of health problems
Eligibilityall primary one to secondary three students, estimated population about 740,000 (student participation rate in school year 1994-95 was about 46%)all primary one to secondary seven students, estimated population about 920,000
(average student participation rate in school year 1996-97 is about 75%)
Services Providedtreatment for episodic illnessesAnnual physical examination, health screening and assessment, individual and age-specific counselling and health education are provided. Further assessment in the Special Assessment Centres will also be given to students detected to have health problems. Age-specific health educational materials are distributed to participants.
Health Care Providerprivate practioners joining the schemeDH health teams consisting of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and other supporting staff designated for the service.
Fees and Chargesan enrolment fee and a per visit fee had to be paid by parentsall services are provided fee.

Last Updated on 24 October 1997