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  1. Premier chairs public health talks

    Posted Apr 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and the Ministry of Health, was set up in June 2006. During the National People's Congress session in March, Mr Wen said a preliminary plan had been devised and would be released to the public. Health ... Ng Tze-wei Premier Wen Jiabao has chaired two sessions of public consultations to solicit opinions over a controversial medical reform plan. Mr Wen presided over the sessions on Friday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/633930/premier-chairs-public-health-talks
  2. Air quality targets dangerously inadequate for public health

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... quality objectives, a recommendation to take a backward step to 70 micrograms or staying with our outdated 55 micrograms is just unbelievable. We must set targets that protect public health ... responsibility to push hard for a policy of public health protection. This is wrong-headed and dangerous because we will all be paying the price with our health. Alexis Lau, director, atmospheric ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658383/air-quality-targets-dangerously-inadequate-public-health
  3. '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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/632793/sin-tax-effective-way-help-finance-public-health-care
  4. 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 the proposals are. Lawmakers said any reform was premature at this stage. Last month's survey by the public opinion programme of the University of Hong Kong polled 1,015 people. It found that 78 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/641368/public-confused-over-health-care-reforms
  5. Public 'has no faith in private health system'

    Posted Mar 21st 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Private medical practitioners should improve public confidence in their services by enhancing quality and transparency, the health minister has said. Secretary for Food and Health ... of the system to meet rising demand. Dr Chow said the public had no confidence in private health care. 'We hope private hospitals and doctors can prepare themselves for the reforms,' he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/630754/public-has-no-faith-private-health-system
  6. Food labelling boils down to public health

    Posted May 09th 2008, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan Five years ago, the government decided to introduce mandatory nutritional labelling on packaged food. Consumer and health groups wanted a strict system installed quickly. Food ... and labelling does not drive these products off the shelves. However, this exemption does not apply to products making certain health-related claims. The reason is that a claim alone can be a misleading ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/636930/food-labelling-boils-down-public-health
  7. Nurses, patients returning to public system amid economic downturn

    Posted Dec 17th 2008, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip More nurses and patients are returning to public hospitals from the private sector, the Hospital Authority says. In the past week, the authority had recruited more than 10 nurses from private hospitals, non-government organisations and from overseas, authority chief manager (nursing) Sylvia Fung Yuk-kuen said. Some had shifted from public hospitals to private ones less ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664133/nurses-patients-returning-public-system-amid-economic-downturn
  8. Public-sector nurses protest for pay to match their experience

    Posted Aug 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong Public hospital nurses gathered outside the Hospital Authority headquarters in Mong Kok yesterday, waving banners and shouting 'equal pay for equal work'. ... the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak. A registered nurse who gave her name as Ms Pong, who has served in a public hospital since 2006, said her salary did not match her experience. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/650705/public-sector-nurses-protest-pay-match-their-experience
  9. Address vested interests first before asking public to dig deep

    Posted Apr 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the public by coercive means such as mandatory health insurance and medical savings? Unless these issues are dealt with properly, any talk about health-care-finance reform would be preposterous. ... public expenditure or streamline its bureaucracy; it wants people to receive the best available medical treatment but does not want to better co-ordinate its services or regulate health care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/633739/address-vested-interests-first-asking-public-dig-deep
  10. Public urged to check for respiratory illness

    Posted Nov 17th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... and wet weather, a doctor has warned. Respiratory medicine expert Roland Leung said many Hongkongers were still unaware of the disease, which the World Health Organisation expected to become ... available in public hospitals for about a year and is also available in local pharmacies with a referral letter from a doctor. Needing treatment Despite claiming lives in Hong Kong every day, many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/660435/public-urged-check-respiratory-illness

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