Healthcare in Canada

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Cathy Chan, 16, CCC Kei Chi Secondary School

Wednesday, 15 December, 2010, 12:00am

Hospitals chief backs negligence procedures

The Hospital Authority will only refer incidents involving very serious professional negligence by doctors to the Medical Council for investigation, but not 'everyday minor cases', its chief executive says.

Shane Solomon also said in an interview that the authority may not be able to release medical records to the council without patients' consent.

2 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Doctors' hero seeks to swap radical image for independence

Some of his peers describe him as unsociable and radical, but the newly elected legislator for the medical sector, Leung Ka-lau, says people who say such things just don't know him well enough.

6 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Healthy outlook for growing sector

The mainland's thriving economy, a key driver of growth in domestic consumption, continues to help create a demand for better health-care products and services, according to a leading company in the biomedical sector.

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

We cannot give proper care, say doctors

Public clinic medics claim big workloads

Public clinic doctors say they are forced to provide 'second-class' care to patients because heavy workloads leave them with less than six minutes for each consultation.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Hospitals chief presses case for 24-hour clinics

Community medical centre urged for every district

Every district should have a 24-hour community clinic to take the pressure off emergency rooms, the chairman of the Hospital Authority, Anthony Wu Ting-yuk, said yesterday.

The idea raised questions in medical circles as to whether the authority plans to extend its reach into areas covered by the private sector.

24 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Hospitals move to cut wait periods

Patients to be told about private services

Public hospitals are hoping to reduce long waiting times for patients with measures that include giving patients information on private medical services and designing standard referral forms for some common diseases.

18 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Doctors wait for HA vote before sealing deal

The largest doctors' union last night decided to wait until after Thursday's Hospital Authority board meeting before showing their hand on a $629 million offer to settle a six-year dispute over on-call work during public holidays.

27 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Gloom on health-care reform delay

Hospital Authority wants to raise fees, but it can't without government approval

The Hospital Authority expressed disappointment that it may not be able to raise medical fees this year after the government put on hold its controversial health-care finance reform.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Flexibility may hold the key on doctors' hours

The obvious question to ask about the $400 million-plus agreement between the Hospital Authority and its doctors about overtime pay is whether taxpayers will have to dig deep into their pockets to meet a similar claim again. Regrettably, as things stand, nobody can provide a sure answer. And that is totally unacceptable.

6 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Doctors are resisting raising fees, poll shows

Competition in the private market is growing as more leave public sector

Almost eight out of 10 private doctors in Hong Kong have not increased their fees in the past year, though some specialists have raised theirs by more than 20 per cent, a Hong Kong Medical Association study has found.

17 May 2006 - 12:00am

The greatest Canadian

This week, television viewers addicted to the popular American drama series 24 can enjoy the grim antics of its terrorist-hunting star, Kiefer Sutherland, and then step into another era in a new series about Sutherland's grandfather, Tommy Douglas.

15 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Think-tank seeks reform of health care

A community think-tank has been set up to press the government for health-care reform.

The Health-care Policy Forum comprises legislators, Patients' Rights Association and welfare sector representatives, academics, doctors and members of political groups.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Health costs still low

SCMP, November 6, 2002

The problem of financing Hong Kong's escalating costs of public medical services remains fundamentally unresolved despite seemingly staggering rises in hospital fees and charges.

11 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

New hospital chief warns of drastic fee rise

The new Hospital Authority chief hinted yesterday that increases to medical fees in public hospitals will be more drastic than expected.

Dr Leong Che-hung warned that minor and piecemeal increases to charges could not relieve the heavy financial burden of the public sector.

2 Sep 2002 - 12:00am