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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A shot in the arm for the private medical sector

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 03:56am by SCMP Editorial

    ... about the cost when seeking treatment in public hospitals. The private sector, however, is a different story. Patients are often shocked when given the bill. This occurs because not only do ... not be an issue for the rich, it deters the price-conscious from using private hospitals, even if the cost is actually affordable. After years of reform discussions, there is finally some good news. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1417010/shot-arm-private-medical-sector
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Proposals a welcome step to closing illegal guest houses

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... As the licensing regime only considers fire and building safety, some guest houses have been approved even though the buildings in which they are located are restricted to private residential use. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555506/proposals-welcome-step-closing-illegal-guest-houses
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Promoting private insurance still key to health reforms

    Posted Jun 09th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... of health-care reforms, it was envisaged private hospitals would offer fixed-price packages for treating common conditions. This would make medical costs more transparent and predictable- a factor seen ... and hospitals set their own fees for service. Nonetheless it is disappointing that in its preliminary draft of the long-awaited reform, the present government has dropped the pressure on private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1256496/promoting-private-insurance-still-key-health-reforms
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Drone invasion needs regulation

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... as remote-controlled toy aircraft. This is not the case in the US, which is wrestling with their use, or Japan, Britain, France and Sweden, among others, where private drones are already regulated. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1552895/drone-invasion-needs-regulation
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Military exercises a step forward, but trust is key to improving Sino-US ties

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 05:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... maritime exercise, involving 23 nations. Four Chinese vessels- a missile destroyer, a missile frigate, an oiler and a hospital ship- are among the 49 surface vessels and six submarines taking part. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1542097/military-exercises-step-forward-trust-key-improving-sino-us
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Compulsory care for high-risk mental patients should be re-examined

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the 33rd floor of a Yau Tong building. Fortunately no one was hurt. Both men had been receiving visits from psychiatric nurses and attending consultations. But senior psychiatrists say the Hospital Authority is short of nurses to maintain visits to mental outpatients and that a psychiatrist has to see at least 30 patients in a three-hour session of consultations in a public hospital ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1535172/compulsory-care-high-risk-mental-patients-should-be-re
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Kindergartens will remain at mercy of free market while they are privately run

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... hands are tied, as all kindergartens are privately run at present. Despite some basic requirements and subsidies through a voucher scheme, government control is minimal. Unless kindergartens ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1479176/kindergartens-will-remain-mercy-free-market-while-they-are
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A welcome step to easing burden on public health care system

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 03:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Committee in 2005 for easing the burden on public hospitals was that specialist outpatient clinics refer chronic patients to general clinics or private doctors for long-term care. It is good to hear ... with diabetes, blood pressure and excessive blood fats to see private doctors up to 10 times. The patients will pay private doctors the HK$45 per visit they now pay at public hospitals, with the rest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1455782/welcome-step-easing-burden-public-health-care-system
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Are taxis in Discovery Bay the thin end of the wedge for residents?

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 03:42am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Taxis in DB: thin end of the wedge? The Discovery Bay private development attracted buyers and renters with a green, car-free environment and a 24-hour fast ferry service. It seemed safe from the usual urban lifestyle trade-offs, such as traffic and pollution, save for trade vehicles and golf carts that serve as a mode of private transportation alongside public buses. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1531175/are-taxis-discovery-bay-thin-end-wedge-residents
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    New rules will help keep beauty treatments safe

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... in company structures. It is therefore good that the bureau has three other working group panels looking at beauty treatment, premises for advanced therapies and rules for private hospitals. ... regulation on the public hospital environment and otherwise keep the doctor-patient relationship at arms length, under professional self-regulation. As a result, according to one member of a Food ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1465609/new-rules-will-help-keep-beauty-treatments-safe

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