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  1. Health issues cannot be ignored in debate on abolishing wine tax

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

    ... But if the retail price of wine does fall, logic dictates that consumption will rise, which may have long-term health effects. Thirdly, the wine lobby equates the abolition of wine tax in Hong Kong ... only when the dutiable goods are removed from the warehouse into Hong Kong or Britain. Trading and then selling on wine raises no tax issues at all. Thus, the wine traders should argue for more ...

  2. Health care debate sidesteps basic issues

    Posted Apr 09th 2008, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... when establishing its own health system. Professor Lim was addressing participants at the conference on Hong Kong's health financing reform, organised by the University of Hong Kong ... the administration went to great lengths to present a gloomy, long-term scenario of Hong Kong's health care system. Officials, confronted with a litany of challenges ranging from an ageing population ...

  3. HK health chief helped expand horizons in sport for the disabled

    Posted Sep 01st 2008, 12:00am by Anneliese O'Young, Prudence Lui

    ... Prudence Lui and Anneliese O'Young As a doctor and sports fan, Hong Kong health chief York Chow Yat-ngok has seen first-hand how disabled people grow more confident and proud once ... with the Hong Kong team for overseas competitions. 'My first experience was to go with a wheelchair basketball team to the Stoke Mandeville Games in Britain,' said Dr Chow, who was then under ...

  4. All health-care funding options will hurt workers, say parties

    Posted Jun 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to share the same low percentage of contribution. Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung of the Civic Party and Li Kwok-ying of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong both said ... Loretta Fong Political parties agree: no one wants any of the six financing options proposed in the controversial health-care-reform document released by the government three months ago. ...

  5. Virtual operating theatre at health fair

    Posted Aug 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong The city's 12 private hospitals are to create a virtual operating theatre at a major health fair to demonstrate the latest surgical technologies. The Hong Kong International Medical and Health Care Fair 2008 will start on Thursday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. ...

  6. Schools issued third alert over severe stomach bug

    Posted Dec 30th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Schools and childcare centres have been issued a third health advisory warning them to be alert to a virus that causes severe dehydration in young children and kills ... hospitals in Hong Kong were associated with rotavirus infection'. Dr Tsang said seven outbreaks this month were due to norovirus- outbreaks of which tend to attract international headlines ...

  7. Web index tracks real-time health, economic impact of air pollution

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai An index believed to be the first anywhere to offer continuous, real-time measurement of the economic and health impacts of air pollution was launched yesterday in Hong Kong on a website that claims to reveal the 'cold hard facts' about the city's air quality. The Hedley Environmental Index was developed by the University of Hong Kong's department ...

  8. Hong Kong-style autonomy could solve the Tibet issue

    Posted Apr 01st 2008, 12:00am by Paul Harris

    ... That agreement was the drafting model for Hong Kong's Basic Law. Unfortunately, while the Basic Law has so far been largely observed, the Agreement on the Future of Tibet never was. Continuing repression led to the unsuccessful Tibetan revolt of 1959, followed by more repression ever since. If Tibet had Hong Kong's autonomy, the political situation would be transformed. The Dalai Lama ...

  9. For-profit private health care systems are less cost-effective

    Posted Apr 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'selfish' Americans loving their health care system; claimed 'universal dissatisfaction' with Hong Kong's health care system; criticism of universal health insurance, and, ... are introducing income-linked universal payment for health care. Hong Kong has the second-best health statistics worldwide. America (17th) spent US$4,631 per head, twice the OECD average, has twice ...

  10. Training for mental health ambassadors

    Posted Jun 21st 2008, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Aiming to promote awareness and create an empathetic culture on campus, it was the third time since 2006 that the Hong Kong Tertiary Institutions Health Care Working Group had run the programme. ... around them with mental health issues to seek appropriate help.' Students taking part will promote mental health by organising activities in their own institutions. ...




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