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  1. Lifestyle - Health

    Treatments on the fly: Asia a top destination for medical tourism

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 04:52pm by Rachel Jacqueline

    ... provider influenced my decision- cost was a factor but not the biggest one," says Hinds, who declined to give his real name. Medical tourism is a US$100 billion industry and growing, according ... driven by rising health costs in the 1980s and '90s. While Western medical professionals cringed at dangerously cheap health care, others saw potential, as governments in emerging economies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1574197/treatments-fly-asia-top-destination-medical-tourism
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Medical Council demands new misconduct body amid fears errors swept under the carpet

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:24pm by CANNIX YAU

    ... Cannix Yau cannix.yau@scmp.com Medical Council chairman calls for Hospital Authority to be stripped of power to probe doctors' errors amid fears cases are being ignored Lau demands new misconduct body The Medical Council is to fight for the removal of the Hospital Authority's power to investigate suspected doctors' misconduct after repeated calls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571647/joseph-lau-wan-yee-demands-new-misconduct-body-hospitals
  3. News - China - Ebola virus

    Eight Chinese medical staff quarantined amid Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 11:36am by AFP

    ... medical team," it said, adding that the drug was "provided at no cost in all cases". READ: A look at what is scary about Ebola and reasons not to fear it The company did not reveal ... Agence France-Presse in Freetown Eight Chinese medical workers who treated Ebola patients have been quarantined in Sierra Leone, as health experts grapple with ethical questions over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1571950/eight-chinese-medical-staff-quarantined-amid-ebola-epidemic-sierra-leone
  4. News - World - HEALTH

    DNA-based test for colon cancer, costing US$599 a go, approved by US

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 09:17pm by AP

    ... was not superior on all counts. Cologuard was less accurate at correctly ruling out cancer, reporting more growths when none were present. The approval has the potential to reshuffle current medical practice, though FDA officials stressed that DNA-based stool screening had not been endorsed by federal medical advisers who set screening guidelines. A spokeswoman for Exact Sciences, based ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1572237/dna-based-test-colon-cancer-costing-us599-go-approved-us
  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Medical insurance costs may rise 40pc for Hongkongers

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 05:00am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com Medical insurance costs may rise 40pc As many as 200,000 people could face a 40 per cent increase in their medical insurance premiums if a plan put forward by a government consultancy gets the go-ahead, the legislator for the insurance sector has warned. Chan Kin-por said that the plan, if adopted, would drive more people to use public medical services ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1381372/medical-insurance-costs-may-rise-40pc-hongkongers
  6. News - China - HEALTH CARE

    Chinese farmer saws off his own legs as insurance will not cover medical costs

    Posted Nov 11th 2013, 01:43pm by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... Zhang has now spent almost 130,000 yuan, of which 50,000 yuan has been reimbursed. His medication costs 800 yuan a day. "I don't know what to do after I've taken all ... in a wheelchair in his Hebei farmhouse, a sheet concealing his ruined legs. His mother could not bear to look at the protruding bones. Early last year, the 47-year-old farmer sought medical help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1353289/insurance-gaps-force-horrific-health-decisions-mainland
  7. Lifestyle - Health

    Medical simulation centres teach doctors how to cope with a crisis

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 10:01am by Kate Whitehead

    ... Kate Whitehead life@scmp.com Medical simulation centres aim to teach doctors and nurses how to cope with a crisis before it occurs in the operating theatre, writes Kate Whitehead Stress ... christian hospital, kwun tong Fortunately, this was a fictional scenario. It was played out a few weeks ago at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Innovative Learning Centre for Medicine, a new medical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1541751/medical-simulation-centres-teach-doctors-how-cope-crisis
  8. Comment - Letters

    Change Medical Council rules to allow more overseas doctors to practise in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 03:55am by LETTERS

    ... a long time ago, unable to afford the legal costs involved. The inefficiency of the Medical Council in dealing with the case pales to insignificance compared to its other handiwork: barring ... Change rules to allow more overseas doctors to practise in city I refer to the article by Albert Cheng King-hon (" Reform of Medical Council can ensure public interests are better ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1532933/change-medical-council-rules-allow-more-overseas-doctors-practise
  9. Lifestyle - Health

    Advance directives on medical treatments likely to catch on

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 10:15am by Richard Lord

    ... Richard Lord life@scmp.com Advance directives, in which people specify what medical treatment they want close to death, will become more common, writes Richard Lord Go your own way ... costs spiralling as we get better at staying alive- but not necessarily at improving our quality of life- their use is likely to grow. A legal framework governing their use in Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1526817/advance-directives-medical-treatments-likely-catch
  10. Business - Economy - HEALTH

    Sick workers cost economies billions

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 02:36pm by DAVID DODWELL

    ... David Dodwell Ill health could cost the world trillions of dollars in the coming decades, yet societies can help by facing up to the causes of the growing malaise Economies at risk if root ... worldwide watched each game, fatigue and alcohol took a heavy toll. The British government estimates a loss of 250 million working hours, costing Britain's economy about US$6.7 billion. As 1.4 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1555349/sick-workers-cost-economies-billions

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