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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. Shenzhen opens its health-care services to HK residents

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

    ... Chow Chung-yan in Shenzhen Hong Kong residents living in Shenzhen will soon be able to join the city's public health-care scheme and enjoy cheaper medical services. Shenzhen Health Bureau director Jiang Hanping said the city would allow people from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan living in Shenzhen to join its public health-care scheme, allowing them the same benefits as other ...

  9. Employers eye gyms to lower health bills

    Posted Nov 30th 2003, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... Raymond Ma Corporate memberships of fitness centres see a quantum leap More employers in Hong Kong are encouraging their staff to join health clubs to stem corporate medical bills which ... health problems arising from obesity alone are estimated to cost companies US$117 billion a year. In Britain a report estimated 18 million working days are lost annually because of health ...

  10. Social workers prone to mental-health woes

    Posted Aug 21st 2003, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Increased workloads and job uncertainty are behind the problem, a survey finds Almost half of Hong Kong's social workers are at risk of developing mental-health problems, a survey has ... Chi-kwong, who represents the social welfare sector. In the first study of its kind for the sector, Mr Law's office sent questionnaires about a variety of mental health issues to more than 8,000 ...




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