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Health Policy

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 vouch

Friday, 29 June, 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

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

Mental health care system inadequate

The tragedy of a security guard being chopped to death by a mental patient in a public housing block is a sad reminder of our inadequate mental health care system. Limited resources aside, a co-ordinated strategy on how to better help the patient and protect the community is still lacking.

6 Feb 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

Should we employ overseas doctors to tackle manpower shortages?

Gabriella Wong, 16, Diocesan Girls' School

To employ overseas doctors to tackle manpower shortages is unnecessary and unwise.

Over the past 13 years, the number of doctors in public hospitals has increased by almost 40 per cent. Helped by modern technology, the workload of many doctors has been greatly reduced.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bad blood

Undeniably, Hong Kong faces a crushing shortage of public doctors, as an increasing number go into private medicine for a lot more money. Increasing demand from rich mainlanders, who are drawn to the city's world-class medical care, has turned local private hospitals into medical service providers for them and greatly boosted the hospitals' business and resources.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A change of direction

The city of Suqian, northern Jiangsu, used to be known only for being the poorest in the province and the home of Xiang Yu, who led rebellious armies to overthrow the Qin dynasty - the first to rule China under a centralised government.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Remedy you can't afford not to take

A second University of Hong Kong teaching hospital to open in Shenzhen soon expects to have no trouble filling its 2,000 beds - 1,200 of them for public patients at 500 yuan (HK$602) a day. This will cover everything from a bed to major surgery.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Who pays for what under health-care reforms?

The financial secretary seems to have a habit of promising to put cash in your pocket - but not telling you when and how you can use it.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

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