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  1. Feedback invited on health reform

    Posted Oct 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The central government has turned to the public for feedback on how China's crumbling public health-care sector should be changed, giving people until the end of the year to have ... members favour Britain's National Health Service model, in which the government covers all public health expenses and basic medical insurance. China's public health care system has come ...

  2. Health-care fees worry lawmakers

    Posted Mar 09th 2006, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Lawmakers yesterday endorsed a motion urging the government to speedily review the health-care finance system, but most were opposed to fee increases. Democrat Andrew Cheng ... The government should introduce a central medical insurance system to lighten [its] financial burden of providing health-care service,' he said. Unionist legislator Chan Yuen-han also objected ...

  3. Health role

    Posted Feb 16th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... present position as permanent secretary for health, welfare and food will be renamed permanent secretary for health, welfare and food (health and welfare), encompassing the health, welfare and women's interests portfolios. An administrative-level officer will take up the post. Deputy Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene (Food and Public Health) Mak Sin-ping, will head the Centre ...

  4. Funding for health care dire, says minister

    Posted Feb 20th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Lack of funding for public health care is behind the country's beleaguered medical system, the health minister says. Gao Qiang said the health system was failing due ... Association on Saturday that government funding of the health sector had dropped from 6 per cent of total expenditure in the 1980s and 1990s to 4 per cent in 2002. Of this year's budget of more ...

  5. Plan aims to upgrade health in countryside

    Posted Jul 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Five-year initiative will switch 24 million households from latrines to toilets The central government will roll out a major programme over the next five years to improve health-related infrastructure in the countryside and upgrade sanitation for the 900 million rural residents. Under the Billion Farmers Health Promotion Plan announced yesterday, 24 million extra rural households ...

  6. Think-tank seeks reform of health care

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy A community think-tank has been set up to press the government for health-care reform. The Health-care Policy Forum comprises legislators, Patients' Rights Association ... decisions on the 'socially and politically sensitive' subject until the next chief executive is in place. One member, Peter Yuen Pok-man, professor of health services management ...

  7. Health Department closely monitoring bird flu situation, says Chow

    Posted Mar 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... REGINA LEUNG Updated at 7.20pm: The government is concerned about the threat of bird flu to Hong Kong- particularly in light of a recent fatal case in Guangzhou, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said on Tuesday. He told reporters the H5N1 bird flu virus had now infected 15 people in China and killed nine. He stressed that the Health Department ...

  8. Probe into misleading health claims for water filters

    Posted Jul 15th 2006, 12:00am by Vivienne Chow

    ... The health claims of water treatment devices and filters sold in local stores are to be investigated to see if they break the law. The Consumer Council surveyed five devices ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 and concluded that their purported health claims had no scientific validity. The council said the devices claimed they could turn plain water into drinks with added health ...

  9. Health, fitness ... and a big Mac

    Posted Jul 28th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... with Andrew Sun, additional reporting by Helen Hu Here's a sign of the times. An observant reader whose route to work passes by the Far East Finance Centre on Harcourt Road in Admiralty pointed out to us that the Modern Beauty health and fitness salon, with its big pictures of a svelte and slim beauty smiling at us, is no more. In its place, there is a big McDonald's ...

  10. Asia's health-care capital

    Posted Feb 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lam Shiu-kum One piece of the jigsaw is missing in Hong Kong's picture of tourism: health care. As a result, the city is losing out on related businesses- such as pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, biotechnology, herbal medicine, health products, hotels and other supporting services- to its neighbours. And without a confident and appropriate private medicine set-up ...




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