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  1. Elderly giving a cold shoulder to the health care voucher scheme

    Posted Dec 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Only 40 per cent of eligible elderly people have enrolled in the government's health care voucher scheme, nearly a year after its launch, and they can only visit 2,500 practitioners in the city. The statistics were revealed in a Legislative Council meeting yesterday, as Secretary for Food and Health Dr York Chow Yat-ngok responded to lawmakers' inquiries on the scheme. Chow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701537/elderly-giving-cold-shoulder-health-care-voucher-scheme
  2. Fears for health of jailed activist

    Posted Oct 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Choi Chi-yuk Fears are growing over the health of Chen Guangcheng, a blind human rights lawyer who has been jailed in Shandong province for the past three years. His wife, Yuan Weijing, said Chen's condition was bad and he had suffered rapid weight loss. 'Guangcheng has suffered from diarrhoea since July last year. He told me his health had worsened and he lost 4kg ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695529/fears-health-jailed-activist
  3. Innovative thinking needed in health sector

    Posted Dec 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A public-private partnership is central to planned reforms of the delivery of health care, which would see family doctors play a greater role through community-based medicine. Until the government can settle on reforms of health care financing, however, a closer partnership remains largely a vision. The rigid wall between heavily subsidised public hospitals, which treat 90 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701877/innovative-thinking-needed-health-sector
  4. Technology a double-edged sword in providing quality health care

    Posted Dec 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... You are doing a very good job in ensuring that readers in Hong Kong are kept abreast of the health care debate, fulfilling the newspaper's responsibility to inform and educate. However, having recently and unexpectedly been inducted into the health system as it is practised in Hong Kong, it occurs to me that doctors and journalists risk ignoring the fundamentals ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/702183/technology-double-edged-sword-providing-quality-health-care
  5. Flu controls at HK borders will be scrapped soon, health official says

    Posted Dec 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee and Ng Yuk-hang Influenza controls requiring passengers to make a health declaration at Hong Kong borders are expected to be scrapped in about two weeks, the director of health ... the Centre for Health Protection started using information on health-declaration forms to trace passengers who had had close contact with infected patients. 'When we first started the measures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700005/flu-controls-hk-borders-will-be-scrapped-soon-health-official-says
  6. Health officials lead by example on flu shots

    Posted Dec 11th 2009, 12:00am by Adrian Wan, Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee and Adrian Wan Several health officials have already received the swine flu vaccine ahead of the government's publicity campaign next week to encourage the public to have the shots. Director of Health Lam Ping-yan was among those to whom the shots were administered in the past few days, according to a senior official. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700945/health-officials-lead-example-flu-shots
  7. Ailing health system must take bitter pill of reforms

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong prides itself on its health system. So it is surprising to see the city compared by one of our doctors to a developing country in terms of public health care. Dr Ernie Lo ... rankle with a government that spends 15 per cent of total public outlay on making good health care affordable and accessible. Sadly, though, it might be true of waiting times, even if untrue ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/698065/ailing-health-system-must-take-bitter-pill-reforms
  8. Health official's reply does little to allay fears of flu preparedness

    Posted Dec 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I am disappointed by the letter from Thomas Chung of the Department of Health ('City prepared for any swine flu pandemic', December 9) responding to my letter ('Hong Kong is ill-prepared for new form of swine flu virus', December 4). He failed to address the salient points I raised. Dr Chung said Hong Kong has all along responded to pandemics proactively, and yet he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701532/health-officials-reply-does-little-allay-fears-flu-preparedness
  9. Lack of family doctors threatens health reforms

    Posted Nov 18th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... are gatekeepers of the health-care system: they take care of their patients from cradle to grave.' The consultation report on health care reform in 2005 envisaged a family-medicine network that would ... since 2003, while the teaching hours had increased by about 30 per cent to 129 hours of the university's five-year medical course. At Chinese University, the school of public health has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/698663/lack-family-doctors-threatens-health-reforms
  10. Mandatory health insurance dropped, voluntary scheme floated

    Posted Oct 15th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... both a savings and insurance component. The HK$50 billion set aside for health care reform would be used to subsidise people entering the scheme, he said. Insurance sector lawmaker Chan Kin-por ... insurance scheme was only a 'supplementary' option and the Hospital Authority would continue to play a key role in taking care of low-income patients. Health care reform has been delayed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695451/mandatory-health-insurance-dropped-voluntary-scheme-floated

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