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  1. The moral dilemma of the little red packets

    Posted Nov 26th 2008, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... for the journalists' travel expenses. The payment is justified as a transport subsidy. In reality, it is given to ensure attendance and coverage- positive coverage if possible. Most mainland media outlets ...

  2. More expensive drugs added to subsidised list

    Posted Feb 27th 2011, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... a dose of which costs up to HK$9,000 in some private hospitals- could be administered. Under the hospital's scheme, expensive drugs would not be given free if they are used in a different category other than those labelled. After the incident attracted widespread public attention, the authority promised to review the scheme governing the use of expensive drugs. Tonic for the sick ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Priced out of life: the patients who chose to die

    Posted May 13th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... to support the rental of respiratory equipment. Others, such as the Samaritan Fund, offer only one-off payments. Lau said many patients applied to three or four funds a year to cover medical expenses. The matter got more complicated when the Community Care Fund (CCF) announced a subsidy scheme to help non-welfare recipients pay for respiratory machines, sparking concern charity funding ...

  4. Waiver likely for HK$7m in medical expenses

    Posted Jul 24th 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung The Hospital Authority is expected to waive HK$7.2 million in medical expenses that have been incurred by a patient from the mainland in hospital since 2002 after suffering ... him in hospital soon after he was admitted, but said she was unable to pay the medical expenses and would have difficulty taking care of him. The patient's brother, who was his only close ...

  5. Non-subsidised drugs too expensive for 1 in 10 chronically ill

    Posted May 12th 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan One in 10 chronically ill patients never take prescribed drugs that are not subsidised because they cannot afford them. This has emerged from a survey conducted five years after the government listed more than 1,000 subsidised drugs, ruling tha ...

  6. Liver transplant patients denied expensive drug

    Posted Jan 13th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Liver transplant patients in Hong Kong are being denied an expensive anti-hepatitis-B drug that could drastically reduce the recurrence of the disease and improve their chances of survival, according to a world- renowned surgeon. Ronald Busuttil, professor and executive chairman of the department of surgery at the University of California in Los Angeles, said ...

  7. Unequal, corrupt and expensive: signs of an ailing system

    Posted Jan 04th 2008, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Government revenues on the mainland are rising yet the country's medical system is marked by inequality, corruption and high charges for treatment. In a major report in 2005, the Development Research Centre of the State Council conc ...

  8. 'Scheme is affordable, but is it enough to cover your medical expenses?'

    Posted Jun 07th 2007, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... daughter straight away,' Dennis Lai Kam-wa said. Although it is likely the medical plan he gets as a member of staff at Polytechnic University will cover most of the bill, health-care expenses ... But is 5 per cent enough to cover your medical expenses?' he said. 'This scheme will allow the government to step back in terms of health care spending. But if everything is pushed on private ...

  9. Registry to limit use of expensive drugs by hospitals

    Posted Jan 26th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Expensive drugs could soon be prescribed only by specialists or have to be paid for by patients under a controversial plan to set up a standard drug registry, according ... authority', the paper says. 'Generally speaking, drugs within this group are newer and more expensive.' Patients will have to pay the full cost for drugs outside the formulary which have ...

  10. Treat the disease

    Posted Nov 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... lawyer and my accountant. Specialist medical care is expensive and needs to be rationed. For example, relatively straightforward hypertension and diabetes cases could have easily been referred ... to ease the workload of public doctors? The rental cost of a 600 sq ft GP clinic on a busy street can easily exceed HK$30,000. The government is the biggest landlord of Hong Kong. Has it done ...




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