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  1. 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.' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696693/question-public-health
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/678598/public-health-law-big-weapon-officials
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/692885/so-just-how-safe-our-public-health-care-system
  4. Sars investigator to head school of public health

    Posted Jun 29th 2005, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The chief investigator in the government inquiry into the handling of the city's Sars outbreak will become the director of Chinese University's school of public health. Sian Griffiths, former co-chair of the Sars Expert Committee, said yesterday that one of her missions was to establish a public health network with the mainland and Southeast Asia. 'Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/506421/sars-investigator-head-school-public-health
  5. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/553512/public-health-set-reform
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/683019/mixed-response-public-private-health-schemes
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/542494/public-private-health-alternative
  8. Doctors get 17 seconds extra with each patient

    Posted Oct 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee 'Cosmetic' change to length of consultations Patients at public outpatient clinics now have more time with their doctors- an extra 17 to 26 seconds per consultation. ... move designed to stop them from complaining. The Public Doctors' Association, representing more than 300 doctors working at 74 public outpatient clinics has condemned the authority ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/654741/doctors-get-17-seconds-extra-each-patient
  9. E-system helps monitor patients

    Posted Mar 09th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... The authority's director of cluster services, Cheung Wai-lun, said public doctors used to work long hours to care for the same patients. 'While public hospitals are cutting doctors' continuous ... O hospitals. Doctors at public hospitals were very busy and might not have the time to meet to hand over cases, he said. 'This electronic system allows doctors to put down details of high-risk ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672636/e-system-helps-monitor-patients
  10. Mandatory study for doctors ruled out

    Posted Jul 28th 2005, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Medical chief prefers monitoring system be set up to ensure quality of services Quality assurance schemes should be set up to monitor Hong Kong doctors and other health professionals when more patients are relying on the private sector, the health chief said. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said although the government was concerned about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/509980/mandatory-study-doctors-ruled-out

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