Health Economics

Suzanne Ho: 'With my faith in God, I can be at peace', says health professional

Photo: Thomas Yau

Suzanne Ho Chan Sut-ying, Emeritus Professor of public health and primary care at the Chinese University (CUHK), has dedicated her career to the study of women's health and helping women achieve better physical, social and mental being.

Tuesday, 9 October, 2012, 3:44pm

How we do like to be beside the seaside

Making a choice between a home in Mid-Levels or the south side? Findings from a new study might help sway your decision.

Researchers from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry revealed yesterday that people living near the coast tend to enjoy better health than those living inland.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hospital off to a healthy start

A few dozen patients who sought treatment at the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen hospital yesterday were turned away on the clinic's first-day trial.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New health chief's prescription

Incoming health minister Dr Ko Wing-man says the new government should continue a wide range of medical policies introduced by its predecessor, including the unpopular health insurance scheme, the partnership between private and public hospitals, and the health care voucher programme for the elderly.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Our duty to care for the elderly can be an opportunity for growth

Oscar Wilde said that the tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young. I belong to the baby-boomer generation, born between 1946 and 1965, that helped create an era of incredible economic prosperity and technological advances.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hospital Authority has taken steps to entice staff to stay, ensure quality care

I refer to the letter by Wong Wing-sze ('Hospital exodus threat to patients', May 30).

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Doubts on cover for high-risk patients

About 10 per cent of people who join the government's planned health insurance scheme will be ranked as high-risk, actuarial calculations show, leading lawmakers to cast doubt on the financial viability of the scheme.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Contest for private hospitals heats up

A global health care company that runs 590 private clinics in the city is joining the fight to develop two new private hospitals.

While some potential investors say unprecedented restrictions imposed by the government on bidders are 'too harsh', Fortis Healthcare is interested in developing private hospitals at sites in Aberdeen and Tai Po.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Doubt cast on health insurance plan

The administration should set aside its proposed voluntary health insurance scheme because it is being rushed through without enough debate and the new government may simply reject it anyway, a patients' rights group said yesterday.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Strained public hospitals need help, says specialist

The incoming government needs to tackle the manpower shortage and long waiting times for specialist services at public hospitals, says a hotly tipped candidate for the next health minister.

Dr Ko Wing-man, a former senior Hospital Authority official, pointed to the imbalance of services provided by public and private hospitals.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Holistic care facility offers 'third choice'

Haven of Hope Christian Services' board is discussing a plan to build a HK$1 billion holistic care complex, the group's chief executive says.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

See big picture on public health care

Our public hospital system is far from broken, but it could easily get that way without health care reform. Chronic shortages of medical staff, the increasing pressures of an ageing population and demand from mainland patients are straining services, sometimes dangerously. Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying knows the challenges and will have to make reshaping the sector a priority.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

SCMP Debate

A major challenge chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying faces on taking office is improving Hong Kong's hospital system. The medical sector is intended to be one of the city's pillar industries. But hospitals face a chronic shortage of doctors and nurses.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Five-year plan to ease individuals' health care costs

Beijing has pledged to ease the financial burden of health care on individuals by 2015 through a series of reforms, including increasing government spending.

Each individuals' share of medical bills will be cut to below 30 per cent, according to the 12th five-year plan on enacting health care reforms, which was published on Thursday.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Private doctors' failed bid to help belies their sincerity

The perennial manpower shortage problem at local public hospitals has yet to be resolved. A stopgap measure was introduced to alleviate the crisis by bringing in overseas doctors without requiring them to sit entrance exams. But only nine doctors' applications have been approved amid vehement opposition from local private doctors.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am