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  1. Big four to operate 24-hour hotlines

    Posted Jul 29th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang Four major state-owned banks will provide 24-hour telephone hotlines and e-mail addresses for visitors to the six cities hosting Olympic events. Consumers can lodge complaints with banks through the China Banking Association's local branch ...

  2. 5b yuan boost for rural co-operatives

    Posted Jun 08th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Rural financial co-operatives will receive 5 billion yuan from the central bank to help revive the cash-starved rural financial system as part of a national drive ... there was no supervisory system to ensure farmers used the loans extended by the co-operatives to grow agricultural products. Many borrowed for other needs. 'Farmers have the kind of mentality that money from ...

  3. Editorial calls for abolition of hukou system

    Posted Mar 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng A joint editorial in 13 mainland newspapers has called on the nation's top legislative body to abolish the hukou system- strict population controls that have split ... by public opinion,' Liu Jinsong, a journalism professor from Shenzhen University, said. 'The joint editorial looks like a co-operative act by the newspapers, not something instigated ...

  4. Fix public health care first to revamp system

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries. If a system has worked well for so many years, there is no reason to change it. And if there is any decision to do so, it shouldn't ... are financially capable to sign up for private health insurance. The scheme is undoubtedly well-intended, but the problem is that we have talked about overhauling our medical system for more than 10 years ...

  5. Referral system hits hurdle

    Posted Aug 07th 2006, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... in March, Mr Chalkley and the Hong Kong Playground Association initiated the idea of a referral system of juveniles picked up by police to the group's social workers. The programme, Open Walker, later approved by Mongkok's district commander Sham Wai-kin, started operating in June. But so far, no referrals have been made. Lee Tat-wai, of the Hong Kong Playground Association, ...

  6. Operating costs: the big unknown

    Posted Jul 21st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the improved medical system they will get, so there will be a more rational discussion about costs. Essentially, his blueprint is about reforming the private medical sector, to encourage more people ... class, who are neither poor nor rich. There is no doubt the community will have to pay more for health care: the public health-care system is heavily subsidised, and is not financially ...

  7. Regulator aims for market-driven system

    Posted May 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the socialist-style pension system into a market-driven operation, but also pursuit of higher returns. Official data shows that the average return on enterprise annuities managed by financial institutions ... a senior pension fellow at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Beijing, which oversees the country's basic pension system. 'A bigger part of the plan is to improve ...

  8. Charities upset at soundalike operators

    Posted Dec 17th 2007, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... control. Those with one or two words different from existing charities shouldn't be allowed to register.' The Social Welfare Department has admitted there are more new charities operating ... Another affected charity is the Kwun Tong-based Senior Citizen Home Safety Association, which set up the well-known alarm bell system for elderly people living alone. It says a group ...

  9. Ailing health system must take bitter pill of reforms

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong prides itself on its health system. So it is surprising to see the city compared by one of our doctors to a developing country in terms of public health care. Dr Ernie Lo ... Kong, there is no limit to the demand for it. Even massive investment in health infrastructure needed to meet the demands on a public hospital system may not control waiting times. The demands ...

  10. Plans to overhaul outdated welfare computer system

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Launched in 2000, the present system provides online support for about 2,100 Social Welfare Department staff operating social security schemes, including Comprehensive Social Security Assistance ... Eva Wu The government plans to replace its eight-year-old welfare computer system, saying improvements are urgently needed to ensure smooth working of the social security system ...




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