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  1. Public health set for reform

    Posted Jun 20th 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... 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 more private services ... for more autonomy. He hoped the government's health-care reforms would consider options for co-operation between the public and private sector. 'There has been a lack of co-operation. ...

  2. Health officials warn public about dengue fever

    Posted Jul 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 5.51pm: Hong Kong's health officials on Thursday warned the public about dengue fever, after four districts in the territory recorded high mosquito numbers ... breeding under the rainy season. He advised the public to: Inspect their homes and surroundings weekly to remove potential breeding grounds; Scrub vases and pot plant saucers once a week; Dispose ...

  3. Official foot-dragging that's a hazard to public health

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to wrinkles- despite concerns about the health risks. There has been much public discussion about the gel. At least six Hong Kong women have lost their breasts after receiving PAAG implants. ... process, are designed to ensure fair play and adherence to the rule of law. They are important to Hong Kong. But where health risks are concerned it is also important that the process does not take ...

  4. The public-private health alternative

    Posted Mar 30th 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... vision for the future The development of private medical care to complement overburdened public services should be the new health-care model for the city, according to a senior Hospital Authority ... an advantage to the whole health-care system- the two hospitals can complement each other.' He said while a public hospital could provide more comprehensive services, including those that did ...

  5. Health-care reform held up by weak leadership

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

    ... population. The public health system consumes nearly a quarter of the government's budget. Without reform, it is projected that, by 2033, 50 cents of every dollar collected in tax would have to be spent on health care- an alarming prospect. Meanwhile, private hospitals have suffered dwindling market share as even well-off patients opt to use public hospitals' cheap and heavily ...

  6. Doctors asked to return part-time to public sector

    Posted May 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Top surgeons who have left the Hospital Authority for private practice are being asked to work in public hospitals on a part-time basis. Queen Mary Hospital has suffered from the departure of several top surgeons in the past few years, including specialists in cardiac surgery, liver transplants and breast surgery. Since 2003, six consultants and 26 senior medical officers ...

  7. Public doctors call for flexible hours to solve overtime crisis

    Posted Jun 06th 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... this could be done. A total of 165 doctors sued the authority for payment of overtime, rest days and public holidays. The High Court ruled in March that they could claim compensation for working on rest days and statutory holidays but they could not expect compensation for overtime. The judgment said a monthly $3,500 honorarium paid to public doctors compensated them for their overtime ...

  8. Mental patients get just 6 minutes with doctor in overstretched public hospitals

    Posted Jul 10th 2006, 12:00am by Sherry Lee

    ... medical and social system means there is no help for her and others like her. Having to see 25 to 35 cases every morning, each psychiatrist at public hospitals' outpatient clinics can spend only six minutes with a patient, said a source at a public hospital. 'Six minutes is not enough to check on the patients. Doctors just ask several questions and inexperienced ones ...

  9. Health chief pledges to rein in hospital fees

    Posted Jan 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... medical care to needy groups in the coming year. Speaking at a national conference opened on Saturday, Minister of Health Gao Qiang criticised public hospitals for spending too much money ... with the health-care system, saying that it is expensive and difficult to get medical treatment. In the past few months, public outrage was voiced after the media reported cases of excessive charges ...

  10. Crackdown proposed on smoking in public

    Posted Dec 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Irene Wang Health Ministry targets workplaces, transport services The Ministry of Health plans to ban smoking in public areas, on public transport and at workplaces to bring the country ... of the Ministry of Health's national tobacco control office, said the revisions were mainly designed to prevent second-hand smoke. 'In terms of public transport, buses in Beijing, for example, ...




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