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General Practitioner

Running clinics in Shenzhen difficult for Hong Kong doctors

Private clinics charge about 500 yuan for a single consultation in Shenzhen, about three to five times more than hospital outpatient departments. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong general practitioners operating clinics across the border have been have been facing tough challenges despite a huge market for quality medical services on the mainland.

Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 2:29pm

Entry bar for doctors must be seen to be fair

When I was in the US for specialist training in the 1970s, my competency in the practice of medicine was always suspect because I graduated from a medical school in the East. Such prejudice was widespread but understandable, given that I went to a country with rightful claims to be the most advanced in science, technology and medicine, while Hong Kong was then a third-world city.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Foreign professors seek exemption from exams

Foreign doctors working at Hong Kong's two medical schools are calling for medical licensing rules to be relaxed so they can run their own private practices without having to sit for an examination first.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The article 'Bags and all' that appeared on page C7 of Life on May 6 incorrectly identified Dan Kong Kwok-leung as a cosmetic doctor. He is a general practitioner.

20 May 2008 - 12:00am

Students' Chinese medicine degrees rejected

Graduates of a part-time Chinese medicine course are in limbo after the profession's governing body refused to recognise their degrees, despite raising no objection to the founding of the course six years ago.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Doctor fights kickbacks case ruling

Court asked to overturn Medical Council decision not to investigate claims GPs were paid for referrals

A surgeon who helped the ICAC look into allegations of kickbacks paid by specialists to general practitioners for referrals has asked a court to overturn a Medical Council decision not to investigate five doctors.

1 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Accused doctors in medical blunder

Group that allegedly received kickbacks from surgeons for referrals linked to woman who almost bled to death

A medical group accused of receiving kickbacks from surgeons for patient referrals was involved in a serious medical blunder in which a woman nearly died on the operating table after haemorrhaging 10 litres of blood - double the amount a human body can hold.

6 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Hospitals not offering sweeteners, says chief

Responsibility lies with the medical profession, insists association head

The head of the Private Hospitals Association has defended his group's 12 members in the alleged kickback scheme where family doctors accept part of specialists' fees for sending them patients, with the collusion of hospitals.

25 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Doctors take note: the patient must come first

Many people are at their most vulnerable when they are sick and in need of medical attention. Because of doctors' healing role, people hold them in high esteem. But because we all depend so much on them, we expect them to adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards.

24 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

GPs taking kickbacks for passing patients to specialists

Public in danger, say doctors, but no one prosecuted despite ICAC raids

Family doctors have been found taking kickbacks from specialists for patient referrals, prompting an ICAC investigation, complaints to the Medical Council and condemnation from doctors.

23 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Checklist for surgery patients

Lawyers who work on medical negligence cases have warned of a rising wave of litigation against surgeons who may be operating outside their areas of expertise. Solicitors including Seamus Donegan, of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, have suggested the following list of questions for would-be surgery patients to ask their general practitioner when a referral is made:

23 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Cost of delivery will have to rise, parents warned

Parents will eventually pay more for deliveries if insurance premiums for obstetricians keep increasing, doctors said.

Frontline Doctors' Association chairman Yau Fong-chi said young doctors undergoing specialist training at public hospitals faced financial hardship when they started private practice.

6 Dec 2004 - 12:00am