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  1. Health problem piling up on everyone's plate

    Posted Nov 21st 2010, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... The mainland is considering regulating widely used trans-fats in its food industry after it emerged that the cheap ingredients are casting a shadow on the health of tens of millions ... trans-fatty acids brings risks to human health. The mainland is estimated to consume 30 to 40 tonnes of trans-fats every year. In the latest survey conducted by the General Hospital ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/731109/health-problem-piling-everyones-plate
  2. Voluntary health plan the right, if not the best, step

    Posted Oct 10th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The latest consultation paper on reforming health care is the sixth in less than 20 years. None of the previous five led to any meaningful change. If this one goes the same way, ... of the long-term benefits of change. The government was reminded of this when it failed to win community support for compulsory health insurance and health savings in the last consultation two years ago. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/727058/voluntary-health-plan-right-if-not-best-step
  3. Health industry praises new state policy

    Posted Dec 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui A State Council policy paper aiming at removing barriers for private investment in mainland medical services is an important stride towards a more dynamic health care ... health sector, which has been criticised in recent years for being unaffordable and inaccessible. One theme of that reform is to achieve a market that includes medical service providers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733833/health-industry-praises-new-state-policy
  4. A fixed-fee cure for private health care

    Posted Dec 15th 2010, 12:00am by Feng Chi-Shun

    ... Feng Chi-shun One of the problems with private health care in Hong Kong is that charges for treating the same surgical or medical problem can vary widely. That's why fixed-fee packages for medical services have been a focus of heated discussion. The government hopes fixed-fee packages can increase fee transparency in private health care, and encourage people to join ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733419/fixed-fee-cure-private-health-care
  5. Medic warns of risks of body scan health checks

    Posted Dec 24th 2010, 12:00am by Canace Wong

    ... can do is to have an operation without a comprehensive medical assessment.' Health checks that include procedures such as ultrasound, computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/734139/medic-warns-risks-body-scan-health-checks
  6. Health insurance savers will get matching grants

    Posted Dec 16th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee People covered by the government-proposed medical insurance scheme will enjoy a matching grant if they save up for their future premiums, the health secretary says. Dr York Chow Yat-ngok said yesterday the government would go ahead with the health care financing reform as the public consultation had received a good response. He believes most people will accept a monthly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733504/health-insurance-savers-will-get-matching-grants
  7. Fix public health care first to revamp system

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng It's an undeniable fact that Hong Kong has an ageing population. In order to ease the increasing financial burden on public health care and address the long-term imbalance between private and public health care providers, the government has proposed a voluntary medical insurance scheme. It is hoped that the latest health care reform can encourage those who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/727334/fix-public-health-care-first-revamp-system
  8. Tug of war over fixed-fee health packages

    Posted Nov 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... public consultation on the government's health-care reform. Health officials hope packaged services can increase fee transparency and encourage people to buy the government's voluntary ... medical care based on prices instead of patients' needs. The government wants to introduce a voluntary Health Protection Scheme to cover 300,000 to 500,000 people, covering packaged services ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/731308/tug-war-over-fixed-fee-health-packages
  9. Don't let private sector hold health care hostage

    Posted Nov 12th 2010, 12:00am by Feng Chi-Shun

    ... I am older and more decrepit. The voluntary Health Protection Scheme is part of the government's latest health care reform push and promises to cover pre-existing conditions and guarantee ... blanche to charge the insurer as much as they can get away with. The government's real difficulty in ensuring the Health Protection Scheme's success is that it has to rely on the take-up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/730210/dont-let-private-sector-hold-health-care-hostage
  10. Health officials confident reforms will work

    Posted Oct 25th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The success or failure of the latest plan to reform health care financing hinges on a simple question: can a voluntary medical insurance scheme give patients a better deal? Translated, that means lower premiums, better coverage and cheaper medical services. Health officials are confident that the plan can fix certain 'market failures' and increase ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/728457/health-officials-confident-reforms-will-work

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