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  1. Rural health care still falling behind, WHO chief says

    Posted Nov 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing The mainland's rural health-care system is highly inefficient and government investment has done little to improve it, according to World Health Organisation director general Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun. Speaking at a seminar in Beijing on the mainland's rural primary health care, Dr Chan, a Hongkonger, said a reform report compiled by the WHO ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/614020/rural-health-care-still-falling-behind-who-chief-says
  2. Beijing dragging heels with health-care reforms

    Posted Dec 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cameron Dueck Beijing in 2005 promised to make health-care services affordable and accessible to the entire population but reform has been slow. Fifty per cent of people cannot always afford to go to hospital when they are sick and 30 to 50 per cent of poor people indicate health expenditure is the single biggest cause of their poverty, according to World Health Organisation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/619884/beijing-dragging-heels-health-care-reforms
  3. Good primary health care in HK will create a solid foundation

    Posted Jun 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of up to 5pc for health funds', June 7), it fails to highlight another key tenet of the document- namely the need to improve primary health care in Hong Kong. International research has shown that best health outcomes and best value for money, are delivered by a strong and well-organised primary care system in which teams of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other ancillary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/596352/good-primary-health-care-hk-will-create-solid-foundation
  4. No need to throw money at HK's health care system

    Posted Aug 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I recently watched former health minister Yeoh Eng-kiong talk on TV about financing the Hong Kong health care system. What he said reminded me of some principles. Firstly, no one should ... that need for medical care will arise. Evidence shows that countries that spend large percentages of their gross domestic product on state-of-the-art health care are not necessarily healthier than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/605095/no-need-throw-money-hks-health-care-system
  5. Health care should be diversified, official says

    Posted Mar 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Private sector should get a larger role in overhaul, vice-minister of finance argues Beijing will encourage the private sector to take a bigger role in health care ... capital into the sector so that investment in health care provision is diversified and multi-channelled.' Health Minister Gao Qiang had said in an interview with the Southern Weekend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/586001/health-care-should-be-diversified-official-says
  6. Tap private sector in reform of health care, expert says

    Posted Sep 13th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee The government should spend some of its bulging foreign reserves on helping to reform its health-care services by offering incentives to the private sector, a health-care ... of a health-care policy forum in Hong Kong. He said the private sector played little role in the mainland's health-care system. 'The government could provide incentives to motivate, encourage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/607691/tap-private-sector-reform-health-care-expert-says
  7. Health-care reform must tackle insurance issues

    Posted Jul 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A reminder that financing of health care is in dire need of reform does no harm. As we report today, some medical insurance plans that fail to cover private hospital costs offer ... well short of the full cost of care and treatment, leaving the taxpayer to pick up a hefty shortfall. Such inefficient and inequitable delivery of health care underscores the importance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/600499/health-care-reform-must-tackle-insurance-issues
  8. Our senior citizens deserve a better standard of health care

    Posted Nov 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the plight facing many people aged 65 or above in Hong Kong. Old people with deteriorating health require increasing medical care. The elderly poor on public assistance have to rely on public health ... Many elderly patients, therefore, were forced to take Chinese medicine or get treatment privately. For them, the meagre HK$250 a year in health-care vouchers is just a drop in the ocean. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/614685/our-senior-citizens-deserve-better-standard-health-care
  9. Psychiatrists raise alarm on health care

    Posted Nov 12th 2007, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... children by throwing them out of an apartment window, have fuelled concerns about community mental health care. College president Hung Se-fong said the psychiatrist-to-population ratio in Hong Kong ... will discuss mental health policy at its November 22 meeting. Back on their feet Community-based care is the preferred model to help patients integrate into society The average length of stay ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/615294/psychiatrists-raise-alarm-health-care
  10. Poor patients attack proposal for three-tier health-care funding

    Posted Aug 06th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Chronically ill patients and the poor criticised a proposed health-care financing scheme yesterday, saying it ignored their needs. The consultation paper, released in June ... by lawmakers, who say the plan is unrealistic. Patients Alliance on Health Care Reform, which represents the interests of 17 patients' groups, said the plan failed to address the needs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/603159/poor-patients-attack-proposal-three-tier-health-care-funding

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