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  1. Health-care reform must tackle insurance issues

    Posted Jul 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a long-awaited consultation paper on health financing reform due later this year. Hong Kong is not the first place to find that the ideal of very affordable health care for all soon comes to be regarded ... solution must necessarily involve cross-subsidisation, an issue that has not received adequate attention in Hong Kong, however. Currently, the benefits offered by many insurance schemes are seen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/600499/health-care-reform-must-tackle-insurance-issues
  2. Health-care funding 'needs a holistic view'

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

    ... system and health-care reform. Retirement benefits are a social problem, so we should take a look at the whole social issue.' He also said there was 'no proper time' to introduce ... network is good, but it will take a long time to convince people about it,' he said. With Hong Kong's compactness making doctor-shopping easy, it would be hard to eradicate the practice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/591231/health-care-funding-needs-holistic-view
  3. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/576075/shenzhen-opens-its-health-care-services-hk-residents
  4. No cure for politics in health care

    Posted Jul 04th 2006, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... that reforming health-care financing, in all countries, is as much about politics as economics. In Hong Kong, the debate has been with us for almost two decades: the 'problem' has yet ... on a con- sensus. At a recent international conference organised by the University of Hong Kong, health economist Alan Maynard cautioned policymakers against treating health-care reform ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/555390/no-cure-politics-health-care
  5. Hong Kong Faces

    Posted Nov 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hospital, is a vice-chairman of the city's largest union, the Federation of Trade Unions. He is also a founding member and the vice-chairman of the nine-year-old Hong Kong Public Hospitals, ... in Hong Kong faced a lot of pressing conditions. 'Long working hours is the most serious problem. The Hospital Authority doctors' fight a few months ago for a reduction of working hours ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/661660/hong-kong-faces
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/425395/social-workers-prone-mental-health-woes
  7. Health-care plan targets workers, say protesters

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

    ...-care spending. 'Hong Kong's tax rates are very low. Raising tax rates is the best way to subsidise public medical expenses,' he said. Mr Tam said medical insurance and mandatory ... 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/638154/health-care-plan-targets-workers-say-protesters
  8. 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 ... The federation focuses on the issue of primary and preventive care. Its paper sees the government playing a bigger part in primary health care, possibly through an agency separate from the Hospital ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/602793/danger-focusing-health-funding
  9. Knotty issues

    Posted Mar 26th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that will create jobs for the needy The public tax burden will be relieved by reducing the standard salaries and profits tax rates to: 15% While Hong Kong cannot shirk its constitutional duty to enact ... Donald Tsang's election pledges: A green paper outlining three proposals for universal suffrage will be issued by the middle of the year. The idea is to get agreement on a 'final ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/586419/knotty-issues
  10. Echoes of slavery as HK wastes time over wage issue

    Posted Dec 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on the real issues In his address to the ITU Telecom World 2006 forum, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen announced a plan to bridge Hong Kong's 'digital divide'. Thanks to deregulation, Hong ... to survive and somewhere to sleep. How is this any different from a domestic helper or street cleaner in Hong Kong today? They are paid barely enough to survive, with no consideration given ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/574440/echoes-slavery-hk-wastes-time-over-wage-issue

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