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  1. The futility of treating drugs as criminal, not public health, issue

    Posted Nov 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... teacher/student ratio in schools). Social services also have a role to play. There must be improved housing conditions, the provision of adequate mental health and psychological support, ... are no substitute for good policy. Making hasty decisions on a whim, or because of public pressure, borders on irresponsibility. The school drug problem did not appear out of thin air. It is one of many ...

  2. A question of public health

    Posted Oct 29th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Funded by simple taxation and offering low medical charges, the public health care system has been overloaded by an ageing population, medical advances and higher patient expectations. Patients ... people get insurance coverage, they will no longer bother to spend years waiting in the public sector; they will go private. Patients pay the insurance for better health and to buy time.' ...

  3. So, just how safe is our public health care system?

    Posted Sep 19th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... in answering a key question: how safe is Hong Kong's public health care system compared with others? They say without a standardised incident reporting system worldwide, which the WHO's World ... Ella Lee One out of every 100 in-patients at public hospitals in Hong Kong are harmed during their stays by various blunders or accidents, including medication errors, surgery on the wrong ...

  4. Public health law 'big' weapon for officials

    Posted Apr 30th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee A new law that took effect in Hong Kong in July last year could become a powerful weapon for the government to combat a flu pandemic. Undersecretary for Food and Health Gabriel Leung said yesterday that the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance gave the government legal power to impose stringent public health measures in case of an emergency. If Hong Kong needed ...

  5. Mixed response to public-private health schemes

    Posted Jun 08th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... private doctors disagree. And the Medical Association has warned that it will boycott any public-private interface programme that interferes with private doctors' fee schedules. The Food and Health Bureau's consultant in public-private partnership, Choy Khai-meng, said the two public-private interface programmes- the cataract-surgery programme and the Tin Shui Wai primary-care ...

  6. Beijing puts public before profit with health reform blueprint

    Posted Apr 07th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma and Zhuang Pinghui Beijing has released the long-awaited blueprint on health care reform in an attempt to turn a profit-obsessed medical system into a public service. ... step up its responsibility in planning, financing, serving and supervising to guarantee the non-profit nature of public health care and promote equality.' The aim is to provide ...

  7. Public health care secure: Tsang

    Posted Jun 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang The chief executive reassured medical sector representatives yesterday that the quality of public services would not be affected by the development of the private health ... enough demand for a private hospital, as the government planned to build a public hospital in the area. He hoped the government could provide more discounts on land sales, as running a hospital ...

  8. Public confidence in health secretary surges

    Posted May 13th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Public confidence in Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok has surged to its highest mark for more than a year in the wake of the swine flu outbreak. The popularity ... findings, the head of the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme, Robert Chung Ting-yiu, said: 'According to our findings, the popularity of all government officials has gone ...

  9. Hospital Authority 'cheating public'

    Posted Aug 13th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The Hospital Authority has been accused of cheating the public in its scheme to document doctors' working hours. Last year, the authority introduced 'doctors' work ... The authority has asked doctors to document their working hours in the first six months of this year. Ho Pak-leung, president of the Public Doctors' Association, said the authority was cheating ...

  10. Private doctors set to take on public patients

    Posted Oct 09th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Gary Cheung

    ... Ella Lee and Gary Cheung Many diabetics and people with high blood pressure will be referred from the public health system to the private sector under reforms expected to be disclosed next ... the government's desire to kick-start the overhaul of the stressed public health system while public consultation on broader reforms remains stalled. A working group set up by the Food and Health Bureau ...




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