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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. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 as the government hammers out an ambitious plan to overhaul the inefficient health system, says Vice-Minister of Finance Wang Jun. Speaking at a forum on public-private partnerships (PPP) co-hosted ...

  9. Health-care funding 'needs a holistic view'

    Posted May 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Cabinet minister wants medical reform to take in retirement, ageing Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen should act to reform health-care financing and consider it in the context of a more comprehensive retirement scheme, a member of his cabinet has said. Leong Che-hung, chairman of the Elderly Commission, said health-care financing could not be considered ...

  10. Mainland launches drive to extend urban health insurance scheme

    Posted May 16th 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi Vice-Premier Wu Yi was rallying support yesterday for a pilot health care programme that aims to extend basic medical insurance to more urban residents. At a conference designed ... social justice and promote harmony'. Analysts say yesterday's meeting helped kick-start the ambitious urban health-care programme, which was approved late last month at a State Council ...




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