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Healthcare in Hong Kong

Promoting private insurance still key to health reforms

It is never easy to sell an idea like the Health Protection Scheme to a free market in which doctors and hospitals set their own fees for service. Photo: Oliver Tsang

When the previous government opted for voluntary insurance - to be known as the Health Protection Scheme - as a central element of health-care reforms, it was envisaged private hospitals would offer fixed-price packages for treating common conditions. This would make medical costs more transparent and predictable - a factor seen as important in promoting insurance to the public - and complement the standardisation of coverage provided by insurers.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 2:40am

Hong Kong did right by MMR vaccine

Hong Kong's MMR immunisation rate never drops below 95 per cent. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong's health authorities have insisted in the last decade that the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for young children is safe.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am

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

Mainland mothers' emergency births rise

Mainland women were mainly responsible for pushing up the number of non-local women giving birth in public emergency wards in the New Territories East by 79 per cent this year, the Hospital Authority said.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Few eggs from Germany, says secretary

Secretary for Food and Health Dr York Chow Yat-ngok says only 1 per cent of eggs in Hong Kong are from Germany. The Centre for Food Safety has approached Germany and the European Union for more information. Chow said the department would step up inspections for dioxins in food. Recently, German eggs were found to be contaminated by dioxins.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Minister kept in dark for 9 days over baby swap

The health minister said he was upset he had not learned of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital baby mix-up until Monday morning - hours after the media were told and nine days after the blunder was discovered.

It was also revealed yesterday that York Chow Yat-ngok's staff did not tell him of the blunder after they were told of it by the Hospital Authority.

19 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Hospital ready for winter admissions

Prince of Wales Hospital had learned from last year's overcrowding crisis and had activated contingency measures two months ago to deal with the latest winter surge of illnesses, its chief executive said.

15 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Spur in emergency calls when temperature below 12 degrees

Elderly people are 10 per cent more likely to press the personal emergency link button when the temperature drops below 12 degrees Celsius, according to a study by the Hong Kong Observatory and the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Paper on health-care financing due to be released soon

The government will release its long-awaited consultation paper on health-care financing by the middle of January, Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said yesterday.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Medication problems drop by one-third in hospital cluster

Seven public hospitals in New Territories East achieved a one-third decrease in problems with drug administration - such as distributing the wrong medicine or failing to give patients medicine on time - after introducing standardised checks last year.

14 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Meat wars

Beef supplies resumed after a dispute between traders and the sole cattle supplier from the mainland, Ng Fung Hong. Do you agree with market customers that Ng Fung Hong's monopoly should be ended? Write to us.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

More mortuary slots planned after mix-up

The Hospital Authority will build 220 mortuary compartments after a body identification blunder at Prince of Wales Hospital in April.

The two bodies that were mixed up had been placed in the same compartment because of overcrowding of the mortuary's 56 compartments.

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Mortuary introduces bar-code system

The Prince of Wales Hospital has begun using a bar-code system in its mortuary to improve body identification after the Sha Tin hospital mixed up two bodies last month. Hospital chief executive Fung Hong (pictured) said yesterday an internal investigation was completed early this week and a report sent to the Hospital Authority.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

Family to return ashes after body mix-up

The family who was given the wrong body by the Prince of Wales Hospital has agreed in principle to return the ashes of the 88-year-old man to his relatives. Meanwhile, the hospital has promised to bear all costs caused by the mix-up.

The 88-year-old's family was shocked to find his body missing when they tried to claim it on Wednesday.

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

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'We have tried to help one of the families to get back the ashes'

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am