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  1. 16 cities picked for health care trials

    Posted Feb 24th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... health care reform. The long-awaited list includes Shanghai, Shenzhen, Zhenjiang, and Anshan in Liaoning. Several cities, such as Shanghai, and Wuhu in Anhui, had already started public hospital ... the guideline stated. People have long felt the burden of unaffordable health care, especially expensive drugs, surgical procedures and tests, but hospital chiefs said they had no alternative. ...

  2. Health care reform in a Shaanxi county draws nation's attention

    Posted May 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and the rest is covered by a government pool that allows each inpatient to enjoy as much as 300,000 yuan a year in medical care. Since the average mainlander pays 44 per cent of his or her health care ... and policymakers over how to address the country's problematic, expensive and largely inaccessible health care system. But opinions are divided on whether Shenmu's programme can be introduced ...

  3. Fix public health care first to revamp system

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng It's an undeniable fact that Hong Kong has an ageing population. In order to ease the increasing financial burden on public health care and address the long-term imbalance between private and public health care providers, the government has proposed a voluntary medical insurance scheme. It is hoped that the latest health care reform can encourage those who ...

  4. Hospital Authority staff provide high-quality health care

    Posted Jun 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dr Richard Lo ('HK has good balance of public and private medical care', June 15) accuses Kaiser Permanente [health care provider] of being offensive but then makes the even more offensive claim that health care workers in the Hospital Authority are lower grade practitioners. If all health care workers were motivated primarily by money then this would almost certainly ...

  5. Flaws in the health care system

    Posted Sep 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... medical staff still fail to deliver satisfactory services. Health care is not an industry that makes money, but one that saves lives. Hospital staff should serve with their heart. Lucifier Lai ... agenda- selling news. Hong Kong has excellent health care, and personally I can't think of any country which has better health care. This might make us complacent and give us the unreasonable ...

  6. Long-awaited health-care policy in sight

    Posted Jul 05th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... a long-term relationship with family doctors; public and private health-care sectors sharing management of chronic diseases; better self-care; setting up polyclinics; and appointing a director ... competition among private doctors. An 87-page document titled 'Primary Care Reform in Hong Kong' outlines steps to gear health-care services more towards prevention, health risk assessment ...

  7. Look beyond the dollar sign in health care

    Posted Apr 29th 2010, 12:00am by Mandy Chan

    ... or a reward. It should rest on the moral obligation to the entire population. Look around Hong Kong. Cheap health care is available. Yet, queues outside the public hospital never end. Patients wait ... a single, simple system of government health care. In a comprehensive system, all medical check-ups and treatments are paid for by the government from tax revenue or insurance payouts, ensuring ...

  8. Financing the priority for health care reform

    Posted Mar 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and educators from the public and private sectors will participate is still being discussed. Whether the centres will evolve to provide almost all the health care services a family needs has not yet been considered. Most uncertain of all is the funding. And that is possibly the biggest stumbling block to real progress: health care financing reform. This involves a controversial voluntary ...

  9. Controversial health care voucher scheme failing elderly, review finds

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Elderly people will be restricted in the way they use their annual health care vouchers after a review found the controversial pilot scheme was not meeting the objective ... age of 70- and as users complain that some health care providers charge more when they use the vouchers. A person familiar with the review said that in future recipients would be required ...

  10. Health care insurance subsidies eyed

    Posted Feb 09th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Cheung said. Funded out of tax revenue and charging low medical fees, the public health care system has been financially burdened by an ageing population, costly advances in medical technology ... have to pay a higher premium for coverage. The government asked the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers yesterday to reconsider its position. A health care professional familiar ...




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