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  1. New NPC deputies to focus on rural health care, environment

    Posted Feb 10th 2008, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... of the University of Science and Technology, were returned as delegates to the NPC last month. Both lost in their previous attempts in 2002. Having worked as a volunteer in medical programmes in rural China for 17 years, Professor Lam wants to push forward health-care reform in his new role. 'As a doctor I can help people,' he said. 'But on the NPC, I can make use of this platform ...

  2. Need for comprehensive health care coverage grows

    Posted May 30th 2008, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... for better health care and life and non-life insurance products. Kelvyn Young, Swiss Re head of China Healthcare based in Beijing, said there was a demand for the insurance industry to produce ... access to health care in China, and alleviate the imbalance between rural and urban communities,' said Mr Young. In 2006, Swiss Re was invited by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission ...

  3. Health-care reform alive but under siege

    Posted Nov 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the subject of frequent attempts at reform. The latest attempt came last month when the government unveiled a health-care reform plan for public consultation after two years of debate and bargaining ... Jasmine Wang Mainland consultation attracts 26,000 responses Three decades ago, the mainland's health-care system was an enviable policy success that provided widespread coverage ...

  4. Traditional medicine to take bigger role in mainland health-care reform

    Posted Feb 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jasmine Wang Nobody knows exactly how the long-overdue health-care reform plan on the mainland will affect the pharmaceutical industry. But one thing is certain: traditional Chinese medicine will step out of the shadow of western medicine and take a much larger role in the country's health-care agenda. Unprecedented government support, the rise of retail drugstores ...

  5. Medical care blueprint defended after criticism

    Posted Oct 21st 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Health Minister Chen Zhu yesterday defended the heavily criticised health care reform blueprint released for public consultation, but said he would outline the five ... because of dissatisfaction over the progress of health care reform under the leadership of former minister Gao Qiang, said at an event co-sponsored by the medical publication The Lancet ...

  6. Public confused over health care reforms

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Peter So

    ... Peter So and Mary Ann Benitez The first three-month stage of the public consultation on health care reform finishes today and a survey has found that only one in 10 people know what ... per cent knew very little or nothing about the six options suggested in the discussion paper on health care financing. The options included proposals on mixed mandatory savings, insurance ...

  7. 'Sin' tax is an effective way to help finance public health care

    Posted Apr 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I have experience in the management and financing of health care in America and I am very interested in the future of Hong Kong's public hospital system since I am married to a Hong ... plans in many countries to finance public health care and supplement the private sector, intending to provide money so that people can gain access to doctors and medical services. Most of them ...

  8. Aged condemn health care costs and waiting

    Posted Jun 09th 2008, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... Peter So A survey has found the elderly are not happy with long waits and costs of the public health care system, but experts said the government's financing proposals would not solve ... models would help deteriorating public health care. 'The main problems right now are the mismanagement of human resources and frequent departures of frontline medical staff,' said Dr ...

  9. Higher taxes 'unlikely' for health care reform

    Posted May 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of financing in parallel with taking forward services reform. Views may differ on how best to address the issue of financing.' The latest health-care reform document, which was released ... accounts accumulating their own savings for future health care would be attractive. Mr Tang said the public expected shortcomings in the health system to be addressed as quickly as possible. ...

  10. Health-care paper disappoints, again

    Posted Mar 14th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Without strong public support, the reform was shelved. The status quo, a heavily subsidised public health-care system, remained. Yesterday, Dr Chow presented the latest health-care reform ... Ella Lee The clock seemingly turned back 15 years when Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok unveiled his long-overdue consultation paper on health-care reform yesterday. ...




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