Health Care

Private sector must not be allowed a free rein in China's health care

Right prescription

In a recent speech to party cadres, Premier Li Keqiang said that Beijing wants the private sector to play a more prominent role in China's economy.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 1:44am 1 comment

The old-age crisis facing China

An old woman with her grandson in Beijing. No nation is ageing as quickly as China. Photo: Simon Song

A country's population is its fate, 19th century philosopher Auguste Comte observed. He was referring to his post-revolutionary France, but he could well have been offering sage advice to Chinese authorities. By focusing on the economy, they have transformed the nation, pulling hundreds of millions out of poverty and creating spectacular growth and wealth. All that could be in danger, though, unless greater attention is paid to its fast-rising numbers of old people.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 20, 2013

Banks must now be called to account. Photo: Bloomberg

I watched the US Senate hearings into the JPMorgan US$6.2 billion loss on credit derivatives. Banks justify their huge bonuses, saying that they are needed to attract talent. If the collection of mumbling, fumbling, buck-passing individuals who testified are the best talent available, it is not surprising that the banks are in such a mess.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

Elderly forced to queue at 2am for dental care, concern group claims

Elderly forced to queue at 2am for dental care, concern group claims

It's a long and painful wait and they don't get much sleep, but elderly people still queue up in the early hours of the morning at one of the few government dental clinics in the city.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am 6 comments

Private hospital's hefty bill leaves patient gasping

Private hospital's hefty bill leaves patient gasping

When Bobbie-Ann Poulton went to the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital last year to stitch a gash in her foot, the bill came as a shock. The charges for the 30-minute procedure - including suturing for eight stitches and other services - added up to HK$10,655.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:43am 33 comments

Private hospitals aren't giving their patients important price details, review finds

Private hospitals aren't giving their patients important price details, review finds

The city's biggest private hospitals are not providing their patients with comprehensive price information that can help them budget for simple operations. This emerged from a recent review by the South China Morning Post, which was conducted after two patients complained about price disputes with their hospitals.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:45am

Reforming mainland hospitals 'a tough job'

Health minister Chen Zhu. Photo: Simon Song

Nearly four years after the mainland embarked on comprehensive reform of its health-care system, the health minister says changing public hospitals is the trickiest task he faces in the next three years.

27 Feb 2013 - 5:01am

Media China shifts into health care on rising demand

The Chinese population is ageing. By 2015, there will be about 216 million citizens aged over 60 in the country, or 16.7 per cent of the population. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Media China said a steadily increasing senior population and the government's supportive policies on the mainland would bring "golden opportunities" for health maintenance and retirement services. It added it would take an "aggressive approach in expanding related operations" in the domestic health industry.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:28am

Privacy regulations are blocking data that could benefit health care in HK

Dr Paul Yip and colleagues at HKU's Centre for Suicide Research. Photo: Red Door News

As Hong Kong offices wound down yesterday at the end of a typically manic Monday, an important deadline passed quietly - unnoticed and unremarked upon by the vast majority of the city's population engrossed in their busy lives and the run-up to the Lunar New Year holiday.

5 Feb 2013 - 9:44am

Ageing mainland faces challenges

Pension and health-care costs may pose the biggest financial risks to the mainland government as the population ages. Photo: Bloomberg

A nursing home located near a diplomatic area in Beijing cares for 26 people aged between 60 and 92.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:16am

Psychologists say quacks are posing as counsellors

People without proper qualifications may call themselves a counsellor or a psychologist in Hong Kong. DCP has been lobbying for statutory regulation for the industry for a decade. Photo: NYT

Impostors are passing themselves off as psychologists and the government is doing nothing to stop them, advocates for the profession warn.

3 Feb 2013 - 7:01am 3 comments

Unregistered counsellor ruined my life, says businessman

Former Hong Kong businessman Thanh Nguyen, 45, complained to the Sunday Morning Post about his encounters with a counsellor who provided no proof of his qualifications, overstepped his boundaries and charged enormous fees - leading to what he said was long-lasting emotional and financial damage.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Inefficient health care systems fuel inflation, inequality

Building fair and efficient health systems is a key to expanding economies and making the world a more secure place, the dean of the world’s oldest school of public health said on Tuesday.

29 Jan 2013 - 7:29pm

Hong Kong's private health care puts US to shame

The quality services of Hong Kong's private hospital are well worth the cost, especially when compared to the US. Photo: Sam Tsang

I was recently blindsided by a health hurdle that sent me into a tailspin. My symptoms were sudden and mysterious, and there was the reality check: I have only minimal health insurance.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:28am 2 comments

Asia's health care boom is here to stay

A fertility treatment in Bangkok. Photo: AFP

For those who find it nerve-racking trying to time share markets, why not choose a powerful investing theme that is sure to run for decades, and buy and hold? For example, Asian health care. The sector is recession proof and growing strongly.

There are powerful demographic and social trends that make this growth an inevitable, multigenerational trend.

14 Jan 2013 - 7:42am

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