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  1. Stopping causes of illness better policy than imposing 'health tax'

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... If the cost of our health-care system is such a liability why were profit and personal taxes reduced in the recent budget? Many local firms have recently announced record profits, so there is no valid ... message to the administration that prevention, not cure, should be the name of the game and the public will respond positively to what amounts to a health tax only when the government is perceived ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631511/stopping-causes-illness-better-policy-imposing-health-tax
  2. Health funding proposals denounced as tax burdens

    Posted Mar 14th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Paggie Leung

    ... that it would increase the middle class' tax burdens. Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok released the report, 'Your Health, Your Life'. The alternative funding models ... its interests and needs. 'We are the only loser under the proposal... We oppose any model that requires us to make mandatory contributions because it is just another way to tax us,' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/629853/health-funding-proposals-denounced-tax-burdens
  3. End to the wine tax days slips down a treat

    Posted Feb 28th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Consumers can expect average savings of 10 to 15 per cent on the price of alcoholic drinks as Hong Kong took a major step towards becoming a fine-wine hub with the decision to eliminate the duty on all alcohol except spirits. Many wine retailers are already slashing their prices to reflect the scrapping of the 40 per cent tax. Wine shop Ponti is offering discounts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/627922/end-wine-tax-days-slips-down-treat
  4. In Brief

    Posted Sep 08th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... complained of symptoms including fever and diarrhoea. All 16 cases have been imported. Thais sign pact on tax The government has signed an agreement with Thailand on the avoidance of double taxation. Under the agreement, Thailand will not tax profits remitted from the country to a Hong Kong head office. Remittances are now subject to a 10 per cent withholding tax in Thailand. Foreign cash ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/515288/brief
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    City must do more for mentally ill to avoid more tragedies

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Help mentally ill to avert more tragedy Another tragedy involving a mental patient has occurred and once more, health professionals are wringing their hands over the inadequacies of treatment in Hong Kong. If only the woman had been better monitored, she ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1013844/city-must-do-more-mentally-ill-avoid-more-tragedies
  6. Mandatory health care fund shunned in poll

    Posted Dec 20th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Two-thirds of Hongkongers polled agree there is a need to reform the financing of health care, but a majority oppose paying more taxes or contributing to a 'personal health ... and that discussions must continue despite the global financial crisis. 'Health care reform can be delayed but not avoided. There is a clear consensus for change, although there are splits on what option ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664427/mandatory-health-care-fund-shunned-poll
  7. What's On

    Posted Jan 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... JANUARY 29 'Cost of Doing Business in China: Tax and Profit Repatriation' is a lunchtime seminar organised by the British Chamber of Commerce. A case study will be used to highlight how mainland taxes affect businesses operating there, and how foreign investors can reduce their taxes and repatriate funds. The speaker is experienced in advising multinational clients on taxation, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/704454/whats
  8. Use medical savings for insurance: report

    Posted Aug 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... health tax, but this would not be accepted by society. If there was a health tax, people would then ask: 'Why shouldn't we have a tax for security, social welfare ... Lau Kwok-lam said yesterday that patients should be required to bear some 'co-payments' under the medical insurance schemes to avoid abuse. But Tim Pang Hung-cheong, spokesman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/605116/use-medical-savings-insurance-report
  9. Cheers for beer and wine but not for spirits

    Posted Mar 01st 2007, 12:00am by Dennis Eng, Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly and Dennis Eng The halving of taxes on beer and wine will be a boon for the tourism, restaurant and wine trades, say alcohol and catering industry insiders. Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen gave wine lovers further hope for more affordable tipples when he said he would consider abolishing alcohol tax entirely if there was 'broad community ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/583255/cheers-beer-and-wine-not-spirits
  10. Letters

    Posted Aug 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The claim that public-funded health care is unaffordable, so we need private health insurance to avoid raising taxes, is wrong. The public-funded National Health Service in Britain is more efficient ... to the country. The authorities must ensure that all suggestions of brainwashing are avoided by having an open course. I hope the government will face up to the problems that have been outlined and ensure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1014218/letters

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