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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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. ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Fix public health care first to revamp system

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng It's an undeniable fact that Hong Kong has an ageing population. In order to ease the increasing financial burden on public health care and address the long-term imbalance between private and public health care providers, the government has proposed a voluntary medical insurance scheme. It is hoped that the latest health care reform can encourage those who ...

  8. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH

    China health under pressure from rapid change in diets

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 10:08am by Jeanette Wang

    ... system lags behind the change in disease patterns.” Public health programmes to reduce tobacco consumption, sodium intake and other dietary risks are clearly important strategies to tackle ... is the leading risk factor for premature death on the mainland, accounting for one in three deaths in 2010, according to the study published in The Lancet. Comparing data from the World Health ...

  9. public health

    Posted Jan 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Reading comprehension Answer the following questions: 1 Which departments are among the top three black spots for workplace violence in public hospitals? i) accident and emergency ... at public hospitals attack medical staff? a. unhelpful nurses b. crowded conditions and noise c. long waiting times d. denial of sick leave certificates by doctors 3. Stress from verbal abuse ...

  10. 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.' ...




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