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  1. Health-care plan targets workers, say protesters

    Posted May 19th 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee A group of unionists protested yesterday against the government's health-care financing reform, which they said would increase many workers' financial burden. The government launched a three-month public consultation on the reform in March and proposed six financing options: social health insurance, out-of-pocket payments, medical savings accounts, voluntary ...

  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. Employers urged to keep health benefits

    Posted Mar 15th 2008, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok yesterday urged employers to maintain existing health-care benefits for their employees even after mandatory health care ... that,' he said on a Commercial Radio programme. The comment came a day after the government released its consultation document on health-care reform, drawing criticism that employers ...

  4. Health scheme insurers would face tight rules

    Posted Mar 20th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong The government will impose conditions on insurance companies if plans for mandatory health insurance or a mixed insurance and savings scheme under its health reform proposals ... would include what procedures the policies covered. The two plans are among the six proposed policies listed in the health-care reform document. The mixed insurance and savings plan, called ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Ageing population threat to health insurance

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

    ... Vivien Cui China's rapidly ageing population threatens to cause a serious drain on the nation's public health system, which is already struggling to make ends meet, a senior health insurance official warned yesterday. Addressing a two-day China-US Health Care Forum in Beijing, Yao Hong, director of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security's Health Insurance ...

  7. The danger of focusing on health funding

    Posted Aug 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan Two organisations, the Bauhinia Foundation and the Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong, have released papers on health care reform. They do not simply examine how health care could be funded in future, but how the whole structure of the system could change. The foundation's report identifies several problems: our system emphasises cure rather ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Most couriers have health problems: survey

    Posted Sep 17th 2007, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam About 80 per cent of couriers suffer from health problems, a survey by the Workers' Health Centre has found. Of the 149 workers interviewed in June, the centre said 120 complained about muscle pains affecting their shoulders, upper arms and legs. The centre said couriers were susceptible to injury because they were required to walk a lot, often carrying heavy ...

  10. Think-tank's health fund plan still irks lawmakers

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Legislators yesterday rounded on the pro-government Bauhinia Foundation's proposed health-care-financing scheme, saying it would bring hardship to many people. The comments came as the foundation's researchers were briefing members of the Legislative Council's health services panel in an uncommon discussion on a proposal from a non-governmental ...




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