The use of camp-beds will increase in public hospitals unless the Government makes wealthy patients pay the real costs of their medical care, a medical lobby group says. The Medical Insurance Association said the Government was stalling reforms, on the table since 1993. Campaigners have spelt out their concerns to the Health and Welfare Branch. Public hospitals were struggling to cope with more patients, while private hospitals were half-full because all public patients were charged the same, regardless of means, said association spokesman Nicholas Donne. Public hospitals were this month forced to put camp-beds in corridors to deal with a flood of patients. Principal assistant secretary for Heath and Welfare Derek Gould said the branch was considering reforms to cope with a growing and more elderly population. Since the 1993 White Paper Towards Better Health, only one option - semi-private beds in public hospitals - had been tried. 'We are trying to find the best option,' he said.