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  1. Comment - Blogs

    What Chinese hospitals can learn from the beer industry

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 08:44am by Jeffrey Towson

    ... And to launch a new private hospital chain you would also have to compete with this existing, and low price, system (not easy). This existing public system is politically strong and able to price aggressively. Building a private business against this is very difficult. Use what already exists. The doctors and nurses are in the public hospital system. Human capital is the biggest constraint ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Doctors in private practice care little for the interests of the general public

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 06:23pm by Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng Albert Cheng criticises Medical Association's reluctance to support a plan to ease requirements for overseas doctors to practise here Doctors in private practice care little for the interests of the general public Over the years, doctors in local private practice have built up an empire of their own. The Hong Kong Medical Association, which claims a membership ...

  3. 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, ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Make medical cover clear

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and public trust. Confidence can also be raised through reforming private health care, such as by mandating higher transparency in hospital charges. The government has rightly proposed that private hospitals should release statistics and standard pricing for common operations. The requirement can help patients choose what fits their budget and insurance coverage. Hopefully, this will offer ...

  5. News - China

    Beijing hospital staff grilled over private use of ambulance sirens

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:07pm by Ernest Kao

    ... cars' and any private use would prompt investigation," one hospital official told the Beijing News on Sunday. The hospital announced its findings at a news conference on Monday and, on its  ... Ernest Kao With sirens wailing, a Beijing ambulance headed for the hospital was not rushing a patient back at all. It was returning from a noodle restaurant where staff members had dinner ...

  6. 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. ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must heed anger over health care standards to curb hospital violence

    Posted May 06th 2014, 04:54pm by LIJIA ZHANG

    ... so they can practise outside hospitals and provide quality services. Others recommend increasing the number of private hospitals to boost competition and improve quality. More and more ... of bloody incidents at hospitals across the nation. In mid-April, a male doctor on a maternity ward was severely beaten by a patient's husband in Jiangsu province; in March, a young doctor ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's medical lobby must put public good ahead of private interest

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 06:00pm by Albert Cheng

    ... of the people ahead of their private interests It's a well-known fact that local public hospitals have a serious shortage of doctors. We currently have about 5,100 doctors serving at public hospitals, but they have to handle 20 million consultations per year. With this unimaginable workload, a lack of resources, and poor working conditions, coupled with a rising demand in private ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, July 10, 2014

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by LETTERS

    ...   End private hospitals' unfair charges In refer to the article by Ng Kang-chung on the rising cost of medical care (and an ageing population) and the long waiting times at public hospitals (" System is sick and tired ", June 22). The government would like to see more people taking out medical insurance and making use of Hong Kong's private hospitals to relieve ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's private health care puts US to shame

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 12:00am by Amy Wu

    ... and long queues associated with the public hospital system, I headed to the swifter private hospital route. It was a risky move that would most certainly mean a hefty bill if I were back at home, ... Amy Wu Amy Wu says getting ill in Hong Kong made her appreciate the quality and cost of our private services, especially when compared to those in the US Health benefits I was recently ...




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