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  1. Middle class ripe for health care reform

    Posted Mar 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... Chris Yeung The government has its best chance in 20 years to win middle-class support for reforming the financing of health care. Big budget surpluses in the past two years have allowed the administration to return billions of dollars to taxpayers. The middle class has been the biggest beneficiary. With the job market booming, wage levels rising and ever fewer homeowners stuck in negative ...

  2. Health funding proposals denounced as tax burdens

    Posted Mar 14th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Paggie Leung

    ... that it would increase the middle class' tax burdens. Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok released the report, 'Your Health, Your Life'. The alternative funding models ... But lawmakers warned that the proposals might increase the burdens on the middle class. Legislator Lee Cheuk-yan said four of the options were 'actually alternative forms of taxation, ...

  3. Medicine minus the nasty aftertaste

    Posted Jul 26th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Anthony Cheung Much of the media criticism of the health-care reform document Building a Healthy Tomorrow has focused on the shifting of the burden to the middle class and the lack of any ... During the economic boom of the past decade, governments invested heavily in the Hospital Authority- which was able to provide better and more services, attracting middle-class patients back ...

  4. Charges won't rise too much: York Chow

    Posted Jul 26th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong's middle class will not have to pay 'too much more' under the health-care reform plan, the health chief said yesterday, adding the city would most ... with the middle class showed they were willing to pay a bit more to maintain good health and cover primary care. His committee will unveil financing options in December or early next year. The two-part ...

  5. The right remedy for national health

    Posted Apr 09th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the middle class. The goals set by the plan are commendable. But it is not clear how they will fix the financing of public hospitals at the heart of the broken system. The priority is health coverage ... is now a major concern for the middle class as well as the poor. Under the reform blueprint, Beijing will shoulder 40 per cent of the cost of the plan over the three years, while local ...

  6. Health-care reform must go ahead, says Chow

    Posted Mar 21st 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... medical insurance. But lawmakers and patients' groups have strongly criticised the scheme as double taxation on the middle class. Asked whether health-care reform would experience the same ... would be beneficial to the middle class, which 'is now paying most of the HK$6 billion to HK$8 billion health care expenditure. If we do nothing now, they will have to pay even more tax ...

  7. Hospitals struggle with patient overload

    Posted Jun 18th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... of the Hong Kong Medical Association, suggested that a 'middle-class hospital' be set up by a non-governmental organisation with land to be provided by the government. 'The middle class ...

  8. Beijing should support, not suppress, NGOs

    Posted May 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... middle class grows and social priorities change, a vibrant civil society can be a safety valve for harmony and stability, not a threat to it. ...

  9. In Brief

    Posted Mar 10th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the burden on the middle class. The association also supports a goods and services tax but asked that a well-considered package of exemptions be prepared and for a consultation to be carried out. ...

  10. Bosses' role raised in health reform

    Posted Dec 08th 2007, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... 'The middle class is paying salaries tax, the medical savings will mean extra tax. If employers are not required to share the contributions, it is difficult for them to accept.' ...




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