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  1. Defining poverty impractical, says chief

    Posted Jan 14th 2005, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... that earned less than half the median income. Applying this formula to Hong Kong, where the median income is $10,000 a month, and assuming two income-earners per family, this would cover about 1.1 ...

  2. Number of jobless on welfare is growing

    Posted Aug 19th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... and June this year, 14 per cent - or 20,660 people - had found work. Of these, 8,618 left the CSSA scheme, while the rest continued to receive welfare payments under the low-income category. The active employment assistance scheme is compulsory for all able-bodied jobless and low-income adults. Nelson Chow Wing-sun, chair professor of social work and social administration ...

  3. New drug-list scheme to begin in July

    Posted May 27th 2005, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... of new criteria will be applied which include deduction of essential expenditure of the patient's family from the household income and savings,' the document says. 'Assistance will be provided based on affordability which will take reference to the calculated disposable income the drug costs. [The authority] is undertaking discussion with the insurance industry to study ...

  4. Mandatory health care fund shunned in poll

    Posted Dec 20th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... care reserve scheme- gained only 42 per cent support. Such a scheme would require employees to contribute 3 to 5 per cent of their income to fund medical insurance and a medical savings reserve ...

  5. Need to revive ailing health care system

    Posted Nov 17th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... of sufferers are in low- and middle-income countries. Among the 58 million deaths in the world in 2005, 30.2 per cent were caused by heart disease, 15.7 per cent by cancer and 1.9 per cent by diabetes. ... income, or 150 per cent of a rural resident's. Using 2004 figures, the ministry report said it cost 9,976 yuan for hospital treatment for a cancer patient, 5,279 yuan for a diabetes case ...

  6. Financial crisis to put strain on drug subsidies

    Posted Oct 30th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... in the coming years would be cancer treatments, she added. The fund has no regular source of income. The government injects money occasionally and part of the funding comes from donations. Dr Cheng said ... income on medicines. He also said there was a lack of transparency on how safety-net drugs were chosen. 'There is no voice of patients in the whole process.' Dr Cheng said the authority ...

  7. Mandatory health insurance dropped, voluntary scheme floated

    Posted Oct 15th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... insurance scheme was only a 'supplementary' option and the Hospital Authority would continue to play a key role in taking care of low-income patients. Health care reform has been delayed ...

  8. Hospital Authority seeks power to cut pay without staff consent

    Posted Sep 08th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... would affect 18,700 employees whose monthly income is above HK$48,401. The legislature will start to scrutinise the bill this month. ...

  9. Crime gangs use jobless, addicts in flat-buying scam

    Posted Oct 15th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... of their income. The syndicates then arrange for the 'flat buyers' to purchase flats, targeting those with incentives such as two or three-year deferral of loan repayments. The 'flat ...

  10. Hospital chief accuses government of lack of leadership in developing health sector

    Posted Jun 01st 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... said that if Hong Kong developed medical tourism, the target patients would be from the mainland. 'The benefits of medical tourism are not only hospital bills, but also income for local ...




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