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  1. Ageing population threat to health insurance

    Posted Jul 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... severe,' he said. In addition, the nation's senior citizens were tending to have more chronic and costly diseases, including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular problems and neurological illnesses. 'Also, the incidence of disease increases as people grow old. So although retired people make up a smaller percentage of the population, they rely much more on the health-care system ...

  2. Synthetic gem makers in battle over lung disease

    Posted Apr 16th 2005, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun Workers at a Foshan artificial diamond factory suffering from a potentially lethal lung disease have pledged to pursue compensation claims against their employer. The Er You ... in April last year due to vast quantities of industrial dust. Some were later diagnosed with pneumoconiosis, a fatal lung disease caused by inhalation of irritants. 'It can deprive you of your ...

  3. Sars and avian flu to be classified as 'occupational diseases'

    Posted Feb 07th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 5.34pm: The Labour Department said on Monday that severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and avian flu would be listed as 'occupational diseases' under the Employees Compensation Ordinance. This is an amendment under the ECO which comes into effect on Tuesday. It brings the number of occupational diseases prescribed under the ordinance to 48. ...

  4. Mainland disease victims take fight to HK

    Posted Feb 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu Three mainland workers suffering from an incurable lung disease protested at the offices of a former employer in Hong Kong yesterday, demanding compensation and a meeting ... workers from jewellery factories in Shenzhen, Huizhou and Dongguan who suffer from silicosis, a preventable lung disease for which there is no cure. While most have been paid $60,000 to $200,000 ...

  5. In Brief

    Posted Sep 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... doctor seeks to ease dengue fever fear A mainland disease prevention and control expert called for calm as dengue fever cases in Guangdong rose to more than 270. Zhong Nanshan, head of the Guangdong Research Institute for Respiratory Diseases, said the situation in the province was not particularly serious compared with a few years ago, when there were thousands of cases. He said ...

  6. In Brief

    Posted May 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Legislators pass motion calling for abolition of levy on maids Legislators last night backed a motion calling for the government to abolish the HK$400 monthly levy imposed on employers of foreign domestic helpers. The levy is supposed to be used by the Em ...

  7. Sars, bird flu may be added to payout list

    Posted Nov 13th 2004, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Plan will fast-track compensation for staff who contract the diseases at work Sars and bird flu may be listed as occupational diseases under the Employees' Compensation ... will join 46 others already listed as occupational diseases. The paper, to be presented to the Legco manpower panel next Thursday, says the plan has been discussed and supported by the Hong Kong ...

  8. Officials to investigate if hospital doctors reported chickenpox case

    Posted Apr 11th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Indonesian helpers aged 22 to 31, a spokeswoman said yesterday. 'Chickenpox is a notifiable disease [in] which registered medical practitioners [public or private] are required to report each ... In chickenpox cases, a patient would be admitted if there is complication of the disease,' it said. Meanwhile, the Labour Department said foreign domestic helpers enjoyed 'the same rights ...

  9. Police clash with workers at HK firm

    Posted May 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... conditions, which they claim have left many of them with a disabling lung disease. About 500 workers from Eryou Jewellery Material Ltd in Foshan took to the streets and tried to block a bridge after ... employer. Many workers have contracted the deadly respiratory disease pneumoconiosis, which is caused by inhaling rock dust for prolonged periods. The disease can cause permanent lung damage. ...

  10. Company medicals may breach laws

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by Dan Kadison

    ... or 'particulars of the results' of medical examinations to prospective employers. The forms ask applicants to answer intimate questions relating to non-infectious diseases, including diabetes, mental ... is required by law or involves [infectious diseases or new health concerns that threaten] public health or safety,' she said. Ms Law would not comment on the cases of the two HIV sufferers, ...




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