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  1. 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 ...

  2. Ailing state of private health-care cover

    Posted May 07th 2005, 12:00am by Richard Latker

    ... Richard Latker Hong Kong's public health-care system is one the best and most generous in Asia. For a paltry $60- $100 for an emergency room visit- Hong Kong residents have access to all the trappings of a true centre of medical excellence. Nonetheless, the average white-collar expatriate is likely to prefer the comfort and convenience offered by private health care. ...

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    Promoting private insurance still key to health reforms

    Posted Jun 09th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Health insurance still the answer When the previous government opted for voluntary insurance- to be known as the Health Protection Scheme- as a central element of health-care reforms, it was envisaged private hospitals would offer fixed-price packages for treating common conditions. This would make medical costs more transparent and predictable- a factor seen ...

  4. Seeing is believing in travel medical insurance

    Posted Dec 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu To readers of this column, I would like to apologise for my absence over the past five weeks, a time spent either in hospital or at home recuperating from a retinal detachment sustained while on holiday in Paris. As this is a column on the corpo ...

  5. Mixed response to latest medical funding proposal

    Posted Jun 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong The health chief's floating of a possible seventh medical funding option received a mixed reaction from a patients' group, a legislator and a doctors' union yesterday. With no consensus emerging after the three-month first roun ...

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    Health insurance is next important reform for Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Push ahead on health insurance Reform of health-care financing is becoming one of the most talked-about of issues that haven't been resolved. Circumstances have ... efficient use of health-care resources, this is more defensible than a HK$6,000 cash giveaway to everyone, regardless of means, to relieve the government's embarrassment at its overflowing ...

  7. It's money upfront or you will suffer in agony

    Posted Jul 31st 2010, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... and top hospitals there are supposed to work as well as other health-care systems around the world. That this could happen at one of the city's most respected teaching hospitals, in a wing ...

  8. A change of ways for doctors and patients

    Posted Jul 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Reform of the health care system has been around longer than political reform and has proved just as resistant to consensus on the way forward. Meanwhile, hospitals have become more overloaded, with long queues and waiting times for specialist referrals. ...

  9. Burden of chronic diseases 'increasing'

    Posted Oct 24th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee in Beijing The burden of non-communicable diseases was getting heavier for the mainland, as they now took up almost two-thirds of national health-care expenditure and cause 80 per cent of all deaths in the country, senior health officials said yesterday. Vice-Minister of Health Yin Li said that efforts to control chronic diseases- a key part of the coming health-care ...

  10. Government could serve as health insurer

    Posted Oct 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The government is preparing to add a seventh option for health-care financing in an attempt to win over critics. Among the ideas its advisers are set to discuss is having ... options for health care. Among them is a proposal for a 'personal health-care reserve' scheme that would require the working population to save 3 per cent to 5 per cent of their salaries ...




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