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Shanghai's hospice wards offer terminal patients a better last stop

Terminal patients are often turned away by hospitals. Photo: AFP

Ten bedridden terminal cancer patients lie in the dimly lit, quiet hospice ward at the Jingan Temple Community Hospital in Shanghai. Most are cared for by auxiliary workers, who look after a few at a time.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am

New public hospital proposed for Kai Tak district

New public hospital proposed for Kai Tak district

It would serve the many new housing developments planned for the site of the former airport, and would answer a longstanding complaint of Wong Tai Sin residents: that the densely populated district lacks adequate medical facilities close by.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:18am

Doctor finds her calling deep in the African jungle

Joyce Samoutou-Wong and her husband Henri with their three children. The couple run an eye surgery clinic in Congo-Brazzaville. Photo: Joyce Samoutou-Wong

When Dr Joyce Samoutou-Wong is asked to share some of her experiences of working with patients in Congo-Brazzaville, she has no end of inspirational stories to tell - each one a tale of a life transformed.

27 May 2013 - 4:22am

China's two-in-one fix to improve public health

China's two-in-one fix to improve public health

For the new Chinese government, a task in these times of global economic slowdown will be to match job creation with the growing number of job seekers looking for gainful employment. Here the health-care sector can be of major help.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am

Don't bank on trade from mainland Chinese mothers, CY warns medics

Hong Kong's medical industry should not rely on the 'doomed' business of treating mainland mothers-to-be, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has warned. Photo: Bloomberg

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was addressing how the zero-tolerance policy for expectant mainland mothers in Hong Kong's maternity wards could affect the city's obstetrics industry. Yesterday marked the first time he had done so since the ban came into effect in January.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:44am 7 comments

Shanghai's 'Dr Smile' Zhang Qiang goes private for public good

Dr Zhang Qiang

Shanghai vascular surgeon Dr Zhang Qiang made headlines by quitting as department head of a public class-A hospital at the end of last year and becoming one of the mainland's few freelance doctors.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Ageing population pushes up costs of getting old

Many people in Asia still rely on governments for pensions and medical care, but this will not be enough in future decades. Photo: Xinhua

Asia's ageing population is increasing the demand for health-care and retirement products in the region, says Paul Murray, the managing director of life and health products for Swiss Reinsurance.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

'While I battled Sars, Dad died in ward above'

Yeung Koon-sing, speaking at an event marking 10 years since the Sars outbreak, recalled being admitted to the same hospital as his father. Photo: Dickson Lee

For Dr Yeung Koon-sing, battling his Sars infection in 2003 was like taking a "roller-coaster ride". Not only did he have to go through the physical ordeal of having the virus, but his father died at the same time, in the same hospital, from heart disease.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am

Doctors confident Hong Kong is prepared if Sars strikes again

Hong Kong is prepared to responded to any future Sars outbreak, medical experts say. Photo: Felix Wong

Medical experts pointed to the greater number of respiratory specialists and isolation wards, and the better understanding of how the disease spreads and thrives.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am

Briefs, February 20, 2013

State Councillor Liu Yandong will attend the inauguration ceremony of South Korean president-elect Park Geun-hye on Monday as the special envoy of President Hu Jintao and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping , the Foreign Ministry said.

20 Feb 2013 - 5:13am

Wong Yuk-man questions worth of free beds in private hospitals

Dr Ko Wing-man

A lawmaker said the free beds offered at private hospitals may as well not exist, after the health chief admitted that other charges at the facilities meant the poor were unlikely to ever use them.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Letters to the Editor, December 7, 2012

South Korean pop sensation Psy started a trend. Photo: AFP

Many Western countries face difficulties balancing their budgets. One of the biggest factors is the ever increasing cost of health care, with a greying population and the development of better but expensive medicines and treatments.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:24am 1 comment

Wuhan hospital takes down banner celebrating 40,000 patients

A controversial banner hangs at Wuhan City People's Hospital. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A Wuhan hospital was slammed by netizens after it unveiled a banner outside the building celebrating its total number of in-patients hitting 40,000.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10pm 1 comment

China Digest, November 28, 2012

A couple's plan to have a "natural" pregnancy and birth at their home did not go as expected, as the woman was in labour for two days before the father-to-be decided he should call her a taxi to take her to hospital, the New Express newspaper reports.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:02am

China's formula for biotech innovation

China pledges to increase investment in its biotechnology industry. Photo: AP

China has sought to balance its economic development with the need to invest in the well-being of its people, taking major steps to reform health care systems and extend vital services to its citizens. And China has focused on creating an innovation economy, notably pledging to increase investment in its biotechnology industry by more than US$300 billion in the next five years.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:45am