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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to chickens, put public health above tradition

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Put public health above tradition Live poultry imports from the mainland will resume eventually, after suggestions we stop them altogether. But this could be reviewed ... to containing bird-flu viruses, but that does not dispense with the need for strong preventive measures in the event they mutate and spread easily among people. Public health must be put above ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1431972/when-it-comes-chickens-put-public-health-above-tradition
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Shifting forces of supply and demand test Asia's health care systems

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:25pm by STEVEN YEO

    ... to present challenges. And not all Asian governments can provide public health services equitably. The expanding urban middle class' demand for high-quality care has therefore created a vibrant ... Steven Yeo Steven Yeo says changing demographics and levels of affluence across Asia are presenting governments with the challenge of providing equitable health care amid a talent crunch ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1581732/shifting-forces-supply-and-demand-test-asias-health-care-systems
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    Health care could account for almost a third of Hong Kong GDP by end of century

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 03:19pm by Richard Wong

    ... They imply that health-care spending will grow rapidly in Hong Kong. In 2011, domestic spending on health care was 5.12 per cent of gross domestic product, of which 49 per cent was in the public ... Such increases in health-care spending will stress our current fiscal arrangements of meeting half the costs from the public purse, unless the quality of care is sacrificed. Politically, no government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1580799/health-care-could-account-almost-third-hk-gdp-end-century
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Monitor youths' mental health

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Monitor youths'mental health Young people are Hong Kong's future, so when research into their mental well-being shows a sharp drop, we should be worried. An annual study using an index in which 100 points represents full mental health and 50 a pass mark reveals a decline over the past year among those aged 15 to 24 from 63 to 53. The rate of decline ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1620141/monitor-youths-mental-health
  5. News - China - CHARITY

    China’s health authorities jump on ‘ice bucket challenge’ charity bandwagon

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 01:39pm by Alice Yan

    ... health ministry and family planning body, said on its microblog account on Wednesday that it sided with the "ice bucket" campaign and called on the public to donate more. ... Alice Yan ting.yan@scmp.com The “ice bucket challenge” – a splashy worldwide charity campaign – has gotten support from China’s national health authorities, who want to raise funds ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1578374/chinas-health-authorities-jump-ice-bucket-challenge-charity-bandwagon
  6. Business - Comment

    How freeing up public housing would help Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:17am by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong Privatising and deregulating public housing could free HK$3.36 trillion for the government to finance health care and old-age welfare payments Home for more capital The value ... health care costs, old-age social welfare payments, education spending, and even housing investment would be indirectly alleviated, as many underutilised public housing units would become ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1583989/how-freeing-public-housing-would-help-hong-kong
  7. News - Hong Kong - MEDICAL CARE

    Government plans to offer tax break in bid to cut public health bill

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:59am by Emily Tsang

    ... scheme to cut public health bill Tax breaks will form the core of a government plan to cut spending from the swelling public hospitals budget and shift the burden to the private sector. ... of the government's Health Protection Scheme (HPS) under which all medical insurance products will have to meet minimum requirements laid down by the government. The aim is to ease the burden on public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1404239/government-plans-offer-tax-break-bid-cut-public-health-bill
  8. News - Hong Kong - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    Public support for Occupy movement growing, survey shows

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 06:45pm by Peter So

    ... Peter So peter.so@scmp.com Public support for campaign grows, survey finds Public support for the Occupy movement has grown since the campaign began, and it continues to divide residents, ... allegations that protesters were beaten- might have triggered the surge in public support for the Occupy movement. The poll found that 42.2 per cent of respondents considered the police's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1622223/occupy-movement-continuing-gain-momentum-survey-shows
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Legco vote delays cost the public HK$1 billion, government claims

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 04:48am by FANNY FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Legco vote delays 'cost the public HK$1b' Lawmakers have already cost the public purse HK$1 billion by delaying votes on 21 public works ... Council's public works subcommittee to approve the proposals before the summer recess. Voting on a series of funding requests was delayed by attempts to filibuster a vote on controversial plans ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1622509/legco-vote-delays-cost-public-hk1-billion-government-claims
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    End abuse of public housing

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial End the abuse of public housing Putting resources to best use should be first and foremost for public officials. In reality, however, that principle is often put aside with various excuses. Public housing is a case in point. It goes without saying that subsidised rental flats are built for low-income earners who cannot afford private housing. Given the limited supply ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1621596/politicians-and-officials-must-act-end-abuse-public-housing

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