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  1. China's health care time bomb

    Posted Sep 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... afford the medicine. But we are not a charity.' That may be true, but in China the reality is that medical care is far too costly for most people. In 2002, China's total medical ... to be. In the early 1950s, China established a three-tier plan: full payouts for government officials, partial responsibility for employees of state-owned enterprises, and communal co-operatives ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/470492/chinas-health-care-time-bomb
  2. Health care in China fails to embrace IT

    Posted Aug 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the health-care industry. In the west, pharmaceutical companies use IT to develop new drugs more effectively and hospitals use new computer systems to better manage health care, such as by storing patient ... is a small part of the IT industry called medical informatics, one that gets little attention in Asia. International Data Corp (IDC) forecast in 2002 that mainland spending on IT in the health-care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/465185/health-care-china-fails-embrace-it
  3. Rethink urged over health-care plan

    Posted Jun 15th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... the government should not 'blindly follow' public opinion when making a decision on health-care reform. 'Administration should lead public opinion. If not, the chief executive would ... Mary Ann Benitez Deputy welfare chief insists the medical savings scheme is an option, not policy Legislators yesterday urged the government to reconsider options for future health-care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/459542/rethink-urged-over-health-care-plan
  4. Preventive health care is the best medicine

    Posted Nov 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... at these areas would be a good place to start, although cultivating this branch of health care is likely to require much more than that. Unfortunately, any examination of deeper reforms will bring ... detect illnesses at an early stage- and be more effective at promoting public health in general- is not keeping pace. So it comes as welcome news that the new health minister has made promoting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/479237/preventive-health-care-best-medicine
  5. HK residents in border city 'should get same health care as locals'

    Posted Feb 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... from disease outbreaks in the past year, first from Sars and then from bird flu. Mr Zhou said the government had realised the importance of public health care and was determined to strengthen ... to pay a premium for hospital care and that the city was willing to co-operate with Hong Kong's public health system. 'We will treat them just as other Chinese citizens. We can give ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/445811/hk-residents-border-city-should-get-same-health-care-locals
  6. HK firm to supply smart cards for US health-care system

    Posted Feb 17th 2004, 12:00am by Danyll Wills

    ... Danyll Wills A Hong Kong company, Advanced Card Systems (ACS), has been selected to provide smart-card technology for a leading American health-care system. United States company iFarm has ... McGolpin said expansion was something the company was keen about. 'We are talking to potential partners in China and looking for ways to expand in the region,' he said. The potential ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/444825/hk-firm-supply-smart-cards-us-health-care-system
  7. HK firm to supply smart cards for US health-care system

    Posted Feb 16th 2004, 12:00am by Danyll Wills

    ... DANYLL WILLS A Hong Kong company, Advanced Card Systems (ACS), has been selected to provide smart-card technology for a leading American health-care system. United States company iFarm has ... McGolpin said expansion was something the company was keen about. 'We are talking to potential partners in China and looking for ways to expand in the region,' he said. The potential ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/444727/hk-firm-supply-smart-cards-us-health-care-system
  8. Health agency must have powers it needs

    Posted Jun 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The weaknesses in Hong Kong's public health system so cruelly exposed by Sars highlighted the need for solid reforms. Yesterday's launch of a new government agency to lead ... the outbreak last year are not repeated. It is a welcome addition to Hong Kong's public health defences. However, questions remain about just how effective it will be. Much depends on it having ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/457958/health-agency-must-have-powers-it-needs
  9. Unleash Hong Kong's healing power

    Posted Nov 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for such success. And the success of the profession is not surprising, because those who join have always been the city's most talented. Hong Kong has evolved into a dual public and private health-care ... and it is not weighty enough to deliver prosperity to society. Can health-care delivery make Hong Kong prosperous? Health-care expenditure in Asia, excluding Japan, is at US$539 billion a year, and in China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/479402/unleash-hong-kongs-healing-power
  10. Minister highlights health problems of rural regions

    Posted Mar 27th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... and an uneven distribution of medical services had made health care unaffordable for many people in rural areas. 'Eighty per cent of the government input in the health-care sector is invested in urban areas and two thirds of it is in large hospitals,' said Mr Gao. 'There are not enough doctors and medicine in the countryside and the quality of health-care services ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/449921/minister-highlights-health-problems-rural-regions

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