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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. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/998909/see-big-picture-public-health-care
  3. 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
  4. Defining the failure of public health

    Posted Jan 09th 2007, 12:00am by Anthony Hedley

    ... Anthony Hedley The public health function in any jurisdiction is concerned with the achievement of social justice. Modern public health is a multi-disciplinary science that aims to develop ... Governments should recognise that they will eventually be forced into action when they recognise that the problems will bankrupt public sector health services. However, recognition of community costs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/577967/defining-failure-public-health
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/727334/fix-public-health-care-first-revamp-system
  6. 'Sin' tax is an effective way to help finance public health care

    Posted Apr 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I have experience in the management and financing of health care in America and I am very interested in the future of Hong Kong's public hospital system since I am married to a Hong ... plans in many countries to finance public health care and supplement the private sector, intending to provide money so that people can gain access to doctors and medical services. Most of them ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/632793/sin-tax-effective-way-help-finance-public-health-care
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Beijing public health system's emergency response too slow, say officials

    Posted Nov 21st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan Beijing's public health system is still not good enough to respond quickly to emergencies, including another potential outbreak of Sars, senior city government officials said. Vice-Mayor Niu Youcheng listed five areas of concern at a municipal health-care conference, according to media reports. Mr Niu said the public health system was characterised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/435403/beijing-public-health-systems-emergency-response-too-slow-say-officials

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