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  1. Think-tank lashes the mainland's health care

    Posted Jul 30th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... a major reform a failure, although the fact China's public health-care system is poorly run has been widely criticised by the public. 'Most of the medical needs of society cannot be met ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Market reforms unfair and a threat to stability, say advisers to top leadership Mainland health-care reform has been a failure and has turned medical services ...

  2. Health-care plan does not set out real solutions

    Posted Jul 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... how to identify and implement cost-effective treatments given limited resources? The government only emphasised that in 2004-05, public health-care spending totalled $30.2 billion, ... It is disappointing that Tuesday's reform proposal could not provide any decent solutions to the problems in the health-care industry, which are well known to professionals ...

  3. Health-care woes threaten stability, lawmaker warns

    Posted Sep 06th 2005, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... system, saying failure could pose a threat to social stability. 'The success of health-care reform has a direct bearing on the interests of the people, stability of the country and society, ... non-contagious diseases such as diabetes and cancer were also a growing concern. Officials have given few details of planned health-care reforms because of continuing debate at the highest levels ...

  4. Nurse training 'threat to health care'

    Posted Apr 25th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... a health-care assistant,' she said. In reply, the Hospital Authority said it always encouraged nursing staff to undergo lifelong education to enhance their competency. But its preference for hiring ... of health care in Hong Kong. Thomas Wong Kwok-shing, dean of the faculty of health and social sciences at Polytechnic University, expressed concern about the continued training of enrolled nurses, ...

  5. Privatisation would damage health care in HK

    Posted Jan 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bernard Chan laments that Hong Kong's health-care finance system is headed for bankruptcy, and argues for a larger role for private health insurers. In his December 8 address to Legco, he asserted that this larger role can 'offer affordable health-care coverage to people of working age to supplement public provision.' In other words, he would like to see ...

  6. Time for action on health-care reform

    Posted Nov 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... it would bring, leaving the financial arrangements needed to achieve it to a later round. His vision is about promoting family medicine and confining the remit of the public health-care sector ... interested parties from reneging on their endorsement of his vision on the grounds that they would impose an unbearable burden on the public. Hong Kong's health-care system has been the envy ...

  7. The right course for health care

    Posted Jul 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... of health-care facilities in Hong Kong. At the moment, the overcrowded public facilities do too many things that underused private facilities could do. It is in everyone's interests to make the best ... Bernard Chan We all know that Hong Kong faces a serious long-term problem of health-care funding. Our population is ageing, medical technology is getting more expensive and patients' ...

  8. Reforms essential to stop health-care crisis

    Posted May 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... public money. Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food, Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai, was right when she told a seminar on health-care financing last Thursday that the government should ... was to reconstitute the Health and Medical Development Advisory Committee and ask it to review the service models of the public and private health-care sectors and propose long-term financing options. Dr Chow ...

  9. End of an era in health care

    Posted Jul 04th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... authority chairman Leong Chi-hung and deputy director Ko Wing-man- who all resigned last year in the aftermath of the much-criticised fight against the Sars outbreak in 2003. What has escaped public ... businesslike ethos guided by business plans, mission statements, output performance indicators and customer orientation. This was the so-called 'new public management', which was supposed ...

  10. Right remedy vital for ailing health care

    Posted Jun 30th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... This is a good occasion to take stock of the unfinished catalogue of urgent health-care reforms. The authority's next boss should place any action agenda that emerges from the evaluation at the top of his or her to-do list. As the body that oversees 46 public hospitals and their 52,000-strong staff, the Hospital Authority serves as the lynchpin of the health system. But in recent years, ...




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