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  1. Health-care funding 'needs a holistic view'

    Posted May 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Legislative Council inquiry report into the handling of the Sars outbreak in 2003. A public consultation on reform of health-care financing was put off last June, with health minister York Chow ... of treatment. He has also pledged to increase health spending from 15 per cent of total public spending to 17 per cent- meaning a budget of HK$40 billion a year by 2012. Dr Leong said Mr Tsang's ...

  2. Shenzhen opens its health-care services to HK residents

    Posted Dec 20th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan in Shenzhen Hong Kong residents living in Shenzhen will soon be able to join the city's public health-care scheme and enjoy cheaper medical services. Shenzhen Health Bureau director Jiang Hanping said the city would allow people from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan living in Shenzhen to join its public health-care scheme, allowing them the same benefits as other ...

  3. Assistant scheme eases workload of public renal dialysis nurses

    Posted Jul 09th 2007, 12:00am by Beatrice Siu

    ... Beatrice Siu Well-trained health care assistants are sharing the workload of nurses in public renal dialysis centres as the number of patients rises, the Hospital Authority says. Hong Kong's first pilot scheme for health care assistants in renal dialysis centres was launched at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital to relieve frontline nurses' workloads as the number ...

  4. Doctors asked to return part-time to public sector

    Posted May 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... of the Hospital Authority's Hong Kong West Cluster, denied there was a brain drain, saying competent doctors were filling the posts. He said the hospital planned to create more part-time consultant ... Ella Lee Top surgeons who have left the Hospital Authority for private practice are being asked to work in public hospitals on a part-time basis. Queen Mary Hospital has suffered from ...

  5. Think-tank's health fund plan still irks lawmakers

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... from the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre is seen as a test of public acceptance of a contribution scheme before the government releases its long-awaited consultation paper on health care ... Mary Ann Benitez Legislators yesterday rounded on the pro-government Bauhinia Foundation's proposed health-care-financing scheme, saying it would bring hardship to many people. ...

  6. Health-care reform must tackle insurance issues

    Posted Jul 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a long-awaited consultation paper on health financing reform due later this year. Hong Kong is not the first place to find that the ideal of very affordable health care for all soon comes to be regarded ... the burden on the public health-care system, so its resources could be directed to look after the poor, the chronically ill and those who require expensive and specialised care. The insurance ...

  7. Health-care plan targets workers, say protesters

    Posted May 19th 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ...-care spending. 'Hong Kong's tax rates are very low. Raising tax rates is the best way to subsidise public medical expenses,' he said. Mr Tam said medical insurance and mandatory ... The government launched a three-month public consultation on the reform in March and proposed six financing options: social health insurance, out-of-pocket payments, medical savings accounts, voluntary ...

  8. Public doctors call for flexible hours to solve overtime crisis

    Posted Jun 06th 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... doctors. For example, it will merge the on-call teams for different hospitals or departments to save manpower. Hong Kong Public Doctors Association president Paul Shea Tat-ming said the authority ... are introduced for individual doctors,' he said. Hong Kong Patients' Rights Association spokesman Tim Pang Hung-cheong doubted the authority could maintain its quality of services if it did ...

  9. Hong Kong Faces

    Posted Nov 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hospital, is a vice-chairman of the city's largest union, the Federation of Trade Unions. He is also a founding member and the vice-chairman of the nine-year-old Hong Kong Public Hospitals, ... in Hong Kong faced a lot of pressing conditions. 'Long working hours is the most serious problem. The Hospital Authority doctors' fight a few months ago for a reduction of working hours ...

  10. No cure for politics in health care

    Posted Jul 04th 2006, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... that reforming health-care financing, in all countries, is as much about politics as economics. In Hong Kong, the debate has been with us for almost two decades: the 'problem' has yet ... on a con- sensus. At a recent international conference organised by the University of Hong Kong, health economist Alan Maynard cautioned policymakers against treating health-care reform ...




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