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  1. Gloom on health-care reform delay

    Posted Jun 08th 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... this year after the government put on hold its controversial health-care finance reform. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok told the Legislative Council yesterday ... it was disappointing that the government was dragging its heels on the health-care reform. 'We are always ready to review the charges, but unfortunately, we cannot do so without the government's ...

  2. Beijing acts to lower the cost of health care

    Posted Dec 07th 2006, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... more affordable health-care services to people in the country's underdeveloped central and western regions. Finance Ministry official Song Qichao was quoted by China Central Television ... by over-prescribing medication. The changes also left cash-strapped low-level administrations in poor regions and vulnerable patients to foot most of their medical bills. Beijing cut its public health-care ...

  3. Funding for health care dire, says minister

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

    ... said. Another concern was the skewed funding between cities and rural areas, he said. Only 20 per cent of health-care resources were allocated to rural areas, while the most advanced technology ... Kristine Kwok Lack of funding for public health care is behind the country's beleaguered medical system, the health minister says. Gao Qiang said the health system was failing due ...

  4. Better health care from smaller Hospital Authority

    Posted Mar 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on the authority for all their health care. This leads to the public sector taking over 90 per cent of our health-care burden. Raising fees alone will not lower the dependence, nor the alleged misuse. ... Hong Kong enjoys a highly subsidised health-care service that delivers world-class life expectancies and health statistics, despite spending, as a percentage of gross domestic product, one ...

  5. Insurers reel from impact of flawed health care system

    Posted Aug 19th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... companies reimburse patients for all services provided by a roster of health-care providers, without having any say in whether treatment is necessary or appropriate. China has yet to see any managed ... forbids insurance companies from investing in non-insurance-related businesses, including health-care facilities, while the definition of hospitals as public, charitable organisations precludes ...

  6. WHO urges universal health-care system

    Posted Oct 28th 2006, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Timothy Evans said the health-care sector had been growing quickly and the role of government was to make sure the system met standards of quality and fairness. Dr Evans said he would advise ... that [the out-of-pocket-payment] system of financing health care is the least fair and least efficient,' Dr Evans said. The central government has struggled to come up with a new health-care ...

  7. Health-care reform held up by weak leadership

    Posted Jun 08th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by the committee will be delayed and we still do not know how they will be funded. Options include a medical-savings scheme and higher fees for those who can pay. Health-care reform in Hong Kong has long ... But they are needed to put our health-care system, already the envy of many countries, on a sounder footing. Key objectives are to make the system more efficient and better able to meet the needs of an ageing ...

  8. Health-care fees worry lawmakers

    Posted Mar 09th 2006, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... affordable to the public, he said: 'We already have a safety net to make sure the needy ones, including the elderly and the poor, can enjoy public health-care service.' 'We understand ... Agnes Lam Lawmakers yesterday endorsed a motion urging the government to speedily review the health-care finance system, but most were opposed to fee increases. Democrat Andrew Cheng ...

  9. Think-tank seeks reform of health care

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... several documents on health-care reform in the past 10-odd years but we are still in the status quo without any major changes. 'However, the community has spotted that our [public ... Patsy Moy A community think-tank has been set up to press the government for health-care reform. The Health-care Policy Forum comprises legislators, Patients' Rights Association ...

  10. Reform of health care to focus on affordability

    Posted Jun 19th 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... growing public expectations for more choices in health-care services. 'Some choices are not fee-related, which are simply about change of clinical practice. For example, we should provide ... health staff.' But private doctors worry the delay in the government's health-care reform and the public hospitals' fees review may mean the authority has to resort to providing ...




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