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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Private hospitals may be forced to reveal fee details

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:23am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com The proposal is aimed at helping patients decide whether they can afford a particular treatment Private hospitals may be forced to reveal fee details Private hospitals would no longer be able to treat patient charges and statistics as business secrets under reforms proposed by the government. They would also be required to maintain a database ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555516/private-hospitals-may-be-forced-reveal-fee-details
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH CARE

    Foreign doctors quit Hong Kong public hospitals over licence red tape

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 06:37am by Emily Tsang

    ... the authority has used to fill the gap include employing private doctors to work part-time in public hospitals and an effort to increase the number of medical graduates from local universities. ... consider reducing or waiving the internship requirement for overseas doctors who applied to work in public hospitals because there was a lack of doctors in the public system, not in the private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1620172/foreign-doctors-quit-hong-kong-public-hospitals-over-licence-red-tape
  3. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH CARE

    Private Hong Kong doctors stay away from public subsidy scheme for hypertension patients

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 05:55am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com They say Hospital Authority subvention for hypertension patients fails to cover costs Private doctors shun public subsidy scheme Private doctors are unhappy with a scheme that subsidises some public-hospital patients for treatment at private clinics in an effort to ease demand in the understaffed public sector. The public-private partnership ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1582528/private-hong-kong-doctors-stay-away-public-subsidy-scheme
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Private hospitals should comply with Hospital Authority reporting code

    Posted Dec 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Private hospitals, comply with code There are good reasons why public hospitals are subject to a code that ensures serious medical incidents causing death or injury are promptly reported to the Hospital Authority. And there is no good reason why private hospitals should not feel bound by it. Apart from the principle of accountability for patient safety, a prompt, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1100266/private-hospitals-should-comply-hospital-authority-reporting
  5. News - China - HEALTH

    Health authority orders China's public hospitals to stop expanding

    Posted Oct 05th 2014, 05:38am by Alice Yan

    ... "[The expansion] has led to an irrational increase in medical expenses, squeezed the growth of grass-roots and private hospitals and also hampered those big hospitals from improving ... they could attract more patients. "Although those hospitals are called 'public', they operate like private institutions by making a living by themselves," he said. On average only ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1609738/health-authority-orders-chinas-public-hospitals-stop-expanding
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Revise medical subsidy scheme to lure more private doctors

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 05:12am by SCMP Editorial

    ... hospitals are badly overstretched, their doctors and nurses are overworked and patients face ever longer waiting times before they receive treatment. The public-private partnership is part ... SCMP Editorial Revise subsidies to lure doctors It sounds good on paper and certainly has the potential to help cut waiting times at public hospitals. But it hasn't worked out well so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1586273/revise-medical-subsidy-scheme-lure-more-private-doctors
  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Whose line is it anyway? Pregnant woman battles hospital over right to keep umbilical cord blood

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:22am by Ernest Kao, Emily Tsang

    ... a protracted battle with the Health Authority. Private hospitals allow mothers to store their cord blood in private facilities that are not regulated by the government. But the Hospital Authority ... licensing or regulation of private cord-blood banks, public hospitals need to uphold principles of public safety." Pang said the authority could discuss amending the policy when more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1594958/whose-line-it-anyway-hospitals-policy-umbilical-cords-provokes-rights
  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Government offers to lend HK$45b to NGOs to run private hospitals

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 04:46am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Government seeks new way on top of health insurance reform to get more using private care HK$45b in loans for NGOs to run private hospitals The government may loan HK$45 billion to non-profit organisations to run private hospitals in a bid to ease the burden on the public health care sector. The money will come from a HK$50 billion fund ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1449634/government-offers-lend-hk45b-ngos-run-private-hospitals
  9. Hospital Authority to fund private consultation visits for more than 6,000 long-term patients

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 04:30pm

    ... HK$45 for each private consultation. The remainder of the fee, about HK$233, will be funded by the authority. Currently, each visit to a general clinic at a public hospital costs an average ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin and Tuen Mun targeted for pilot project More than 6,000 long-term patients will be funded HK$2,330 a year to consult private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1451586/hospital-authority-fund-private-consultation-visits-more-6000-long-term-patients
  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hospital chiefs aim to improve misconduct complaints system

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 06:32am by Emily Tsang

    ... the demand for a more transparent way of handling medical blunders or other complaints. He said the authority had a systematic procedure to handle complaints when compared to private hospitals, and the change should also apply to the private sector. The authority can now punish public hospital doctors for mistakes, often without making the decision public. The penalties include warning letters, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1597642/hospital-chiefs-aim-improve-misconduct-complaints-system

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