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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Veterinary surgeon shortage 'poses threat to public health'

    Posted Dec 27th 2012, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... say Lack of vets is posing risk to public health A severe shortage of veterinary surgeons in Hong Kong is hitting farmers and posing a threat to public health. The crisis has been caused ... of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said: "There is definitely a lack of veterinary training in Hong Kong. The region is a hotbed for disease and more should be done about public health issues ...

  2. Comment - Letters

    Positive attitude on ageing is key to public health

    Posted Dec 22nd 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... be corrected. While legislation would protect public health, a positive attitude towards ageing and enhanced health and safety awareness would serve as a "firewall" for people to protect ... for private health care facilities. The committee's priority is to differentiate between medical procedures and beauty services. Guidelines will be issued spelling out risky treatments ...

  3. News - China - HEALTH CARE

    China's public health insurance to cover greater ground

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 12:00am by ZHUANG PINGHUI

    ... Public health insurance to cover greater ground China's health care reform efforts took a step forward last month when it guaranteed increased insurance protection for critical illnesses. ... and five other government agencies promised greater protection for people with public health insurance policies in rural areas as well as for unemployed people in urban areas, in part by ensuring ...

  4. 'Warn public on health risks of air pollution'

    Posted Aug 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Air pollution experts have again called for a new alert system to warn the public about health risks created by extreme pollution like the grey pall ... subsiding air caused by Typhoon Saola near Taiwan. Professor Wong Tze-wai, from Chinese University's School of Public Health, said he expected a surge in the number of people seeking treatment ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    MRSA cases at public hospitals level off; further reduction difficult

    Posted Dec 15th 2012, 12:00am by Johnny Tam

    ... Johnny Tam johnny.tam@scmp.com Superbug cases level off; further reduction difficult The number of cases of the drug-resistant superbug MRSA remains steady at public hospitals, but may ... at public hospitals with accident and emergency wards to 142 in the third quarter of this year compared with 137 in the second quarter. The increase comes despite MRSA cases having been ...

  6. See big picture on public health care

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Our public hospital system is far from broken, but it could easily get that way without health care reform. Chronic shortages of medical staff, the increasing pressures of an ageing ... the public health sector provides a good standard of care at exceptionally low prices for all residents, regardless of income. Given the strains being experienced, it is an unsustainable situation. ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's health spending reform an encouraging sign

    Posted Sep 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Health spending plan a good sign Important policy announcements tend to dry up as the mainland prepares for a once-in-a-decade leadership change. It is good to see that health care for the nation's 1.3 billion people is an exception. The Ministry of Health has announced a 30 to 40 per cent increase in health spending as a proportion of GDP by 2020, raising ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    Public hospitals struggle to cope with ageing population

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... minutes. It is obvious that, with an ageing population, our public health system is under enormous pressure. We do not have sufficient staff to deal with the number of patients and some measures ... whenever they consulted a public doctor. The government needs to introduce concrete steps to reform the public health system. The most important initiative must be to ensure that all citizens ...

  9. Strained public hospitals need help, says specialist

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for the next health minister. Dr Ko Wing-man, a former senior Hospital Authority official, pointed to the imbalance of services provided by public and private hospitals. 'As a private practitioner ... not expect a 'big shock' to the health care system. He also said it would be important to maintain balanced development of the dual system of public-private health care. 'On the one ...

  10. Hong Kong can and should pay for good health care

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... squeezed out of the system and unable to enjoy health care because our public hospitals cannot cope with the rising demand. Such a scenario would only deepen existing social conflicts. Albert Cheng ... forecast a deficit of HK$8.5 billion last March. With so much money in the coffers, public attention will focus on whether the government can effectively allocate the windfall to benefit ...




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