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  1. Policy promoting cycling would be a big step towards better public health

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... From a public-health perspective, Hong Kong is facing a challenge from non-communicable diseases. The leading causes of preventable death here are cancers, cardiovascular disease, ... a public-health angle. Cycling promotes physical activity. It is an alternative mode of transport that encourages a healthier environment. How is it that Hong Kong has not done better to create public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/987977/policy-promoting-cycling-would-be-big-step-towards-better-public-health
  2. Our public health care is not broken, so why privatise it?

    Posted Jul 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Albert Cheng As our population ages, public health services and health expenditure have become issues of public debate. A voluntary health insurance scheme covering most of Hong Kong's 7 million people is now expected to be introduced by 2015 at the earliest. The government this week released a report on the second round of its public consultation on public health care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/973341/our-public-health-care-not-broken-so-why-privatise-it
  3. Health chief sorry for calling public doctors petty-minded

    Posted Mar 27th 2011, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong Health chief Dr York Chow Yat-ngok has offered a qualified apology to public doctors after he called them 'petty-minded' for asking for standard working hours. Chow's attempt to cool the situation, however, was rejected by medics and lawmakers yesterday. One said he was just 'playing with words'. The secretary for food and health said of his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/742203/health-chief-sorry-calling-public-doctors-petty-minded
  4. Critics of increased tobacco tax 'enemies of public health'

    Posted Feb 25th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Top medical experts in the city have branded opponents to higher tobacco taxes 'enemies of public health', after some lawmakers said the proposed increase ... a stern warning from Professor Lam Tai-hing, director of the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong. Lam said some 7,000 Hongkongers- 5,700 smokers and 1,300 victims of second-hand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/739113/critics-increased-tobacco-tax-enemies-public-health
  5. Public with us on health insurance reform, bureau says, as consultation ends

    Posted Jan 08th 2011, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee, Ng Kang-chung The controversial voluntary health insurance scheme has won the general backing of the public, the government says after receiving about 500 submissions on proposed reforms in the latest round of public consultation, which ended yesterday. The Food and Health Bureau said last night: 'Generally speaking, the community shares the government's vision ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/735073/public-us-health-insurance-reform-bureau-says-consultation-ends
  6. Asian MNCs trail global peers on health care

    Posted Jun 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Rick Gangwani A recent survey has found that just 23 per cent multinational corporations (MNCs) based in Asia Pacific have a global health strategy in place. The figure fell notably shy of those from other regions such as the Americas, where some 36 per cent now operate at the group level. According to Towers Watson, the company behind the survey, corporate health initiatives ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/971621/asian-mncs-trail-global-peers-health-care
  7. 10 years since lawsuit, little has improved for public doctors

    Posted Feb 28th 2011, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The grievances of the city's public doctors over long hours and heavy workloads are not new. Ten years after launching legal action to fight for overtime compensation, young ... that together have exacerbated the situation for public doctors. Factors such as poor manpower planning, the booming private sector, the lack of promotion in the public sector and growing demand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/739400/10-years-lawsuit-little-has-improved-public-doctors
  8. Reward public doctors to halt exodus, pioneer says

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee A brain drain of surgeons is affecting the quality of care of public medicine in Hong Kong, says the city's father of liver transplants. To keep more doctors from leaving, Professor Fan Sheung-tat proposes that public doctors be allowed to make extra money by treating private patients. At the University of Hong Kong, for which Fan is head of surgery for Queen Mary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/735988/reward-public-doctors-halt-exodus-pioneer-says
  9. Health warning for medical sector

    Posted Aug 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... at least 90 per cent had seen at least one hospital dispute a month. The reasons behind the anger are understandable. Market reforms that replaced a free national health system mean that provincial ... that hospitals get the funds they need without having to exploit patients. But while investing more in the sector is necessary, it also has to encourage the setting up of private and joint public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/977572/health-warning-medical-sector
  10. More action urged to stop spread of superbug in public hospitals

    Posted Feb 28th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A superbug resistant to many drugs and which can cause urinary infections has steadily become more common in children admitted to public hospitals. The culprit is ESBL (extended-spectrum ... in the Hong Kong West group of public hospitals in 2003, ESBL-producing E coli were found in only four children. But there were 20 cases in 2009 and the same number again last year. Using that data, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/739399/more-action-urged-stop-spread-superbug-public-hospitals

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