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  1. Address vested interests first before asking public to dig deep

    Posted Apr 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the public by coercive means such as mandatory health insurance and medical savings? Unless these issues are dealt with properly, any talk about health-care-finance reform would be preposterous. ... public expenditure or streamline its bureaucracy; it wants people to receive the best available medical treatment but does not want to better co-ordinate its services or regulate health care ...

  2. Health-care paper disappoints, again

    Posted Mar 14th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Without strong public support, the reform was shelved. The status quo, a heavily subsidised public health-care system, remained. Yesterday, Dr Chow presented the latest health-care reform document - the fourth since then - with six financing options to fund an overburdened public system. The document, 'Your Health, Your Life', again disappointed because it provided no details ...

  3. Doctors asked to return part-time to public sector

    Posted May 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Top surgeons who have left the Hospital Authority for private practice are being asked to work in public hospitals on a part-time basis. Queen Mary Hospital has suffered from the departure of several top surgeons in the past few years, including specialists in cardiac surgery, liver transplants and breast surgery. Since 2003, six consultants and 26 senior medical officers ...

  4. Assistant scheme eases workload of public renal dialysis nurses

    Posted Jul 09th 2007, 12:00am by Beatrice Siu

    ... Beatrice Siu Well-trained health care assistants are sharing the workload of nurses in public renal dialysis centres as the number of patients rises, the Hospital Authority says. Hong Kong's first pilot scheme for health care assistants in renal dialysis centres was launched at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital to relieve frontline nurses' workloads as the number ...

  5. Nearly 50pc willing to pay bigger health bills

    Posted Jan 21st 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... increase spending on public health care while individuals should also bear a greater share of their health-care expenses. A total of 6.2 per cent said individuals should bear a greater share of their own health-care expenses and it was unnecessary for the government to increase its spending. A total of 36.4 per cent said the government should raise its spending and the public should ...

  6. Finding best health-care reform package will not be easy

    Posted Apr 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As charges in public hospitals are relatively low, they are usually full. The occupancy rate in most medical wards is usually 100 per cent or above. As only the well-off can afford to be treated at a private hospital, it is fairly easy to get a bed. Health care costs are going to increase, because of Hong Kong's ageing population. Therefore, it will be necessary to reform the present full ...

  7. Public demand for retraining on rise

    Posted Feb 18th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... demand for training in property management, hotels, accounting, information technology and health care,' she said. At least 143,000 training places would be provided in the 2009-10 financial ...

  8. Mandatory options for health funding put aside

    Posted Jan 18th 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Chow Yat-ngok said, and the government was seeking only 'supplementary financing' for health care. He also announced that the launch of a second round of public consultation ... Mary Ann Benitez The government yesterday abandoned its quest to introduce any time soon a 'personal health care reserve' scheme requiring employee contributions, saying ...

  9. 'No compromise' warning on development of health care sector

    Posted May 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the marketing and banking professions. Dr Leong, the focus group convenor, said participants agreed that close public and private sector co-operation was necessary, but development of the health care ... professionals might be attracted away from the public health sector. But we do not think this would necessarily be the case,' Dr Leong said. 'The growth of the health care industry could ...

  10. HK$50b set aside for health care reform

    Posted Feb 28th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... study estimated that without financing reform, spending on public health services would increase from HK$38 billion in 2004 to HK$180 billion in 2033, Mr Tsang said. He stressed that the government was committed to increasing the share of health care expenditure to 17 per cent of its recurrent expenditure by 2012. 'The share of the cost of public health-care services could ...




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