Healthcare Reform

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

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

Pot, Inc: Inside Medical Marijuana, America's Most Outlaw Industry

Pot, Inc: Inside Medical Marijuana, America's Most Outlaw Industry by Greg Campbell Sterling

Since then-president Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs in 1971, the US has spent US$1 trillion waging it and arrested about 17 million marijuana users - and the aggression is pointless, according to Colorado journalist Greg Campbell in Pot, Inc.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Our public health care is not broken, so why privatise it?

As our population ages, public health services and health expenditure have become issues of public debate. A voluntary health insurance scheme covering most of Hong Kong's 7 million people is now expected to be introduced by 2015 at the earliest.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

For-profit private health care systems are less cost-effective

Nicole Alpert's private health care plan ('Revamped health care system must have fewer restrictions', April 23) is replete with contentious points, including - 'selfish' Americans loving their health care system; claimed 'universal dissatisfaction' with Hong Kong's health care system; criticism of universal health insurance, and, single-payer/government-controlled health care systems facing gre

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Doctored honours

In a bid to salvage the morale of public hospital doctors, the Hospital Authority is said to be planning to give specialist doctors with six years of seniority the titles of associate consultant doctors or consultant doctors. But the more respectable titles would not, reportedly, include a pay rise. They would be, in effect, merely 'honorary titles'.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Wanted: husband to pay for cancer patient's treatment

Jeanne Sather of Seattle knew that when she posted her advertisement - 'Adventurous female seeks Canadian husband. Baldness OK' - she would get some response.

Most of it, she expected, would be from people who recognised that she was trying to make a point about her dire situation.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Down and out in US & UK

IF GEORGE W. BUSH and Tony Blair have to look beyond their intervention in Iraq for a lasting legacy of their leadership, they won't find it in the state of their nations' children, at least according to the damning results of the report card produced by Innocenti, the research centre of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef).

3 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Government rejects advice over health reform

The government yesterday said it would not implement a recommendation to restructure the Health Department, despite advice that a more powerful health director could regulate the private sector under the planned 'one doctor, one family' system.

10 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

No cure for politics in health care

If you believe media speculation, you may think the government's public consultation on reforming health-care funding might be delayed for political reasons. Namely, that's because it might damage the re-election prospects of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.

If that's the case, some say, it's a sign of weak leadership.

4 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

A healthy idea?

What do you think of the Hospital Authority's idea of capping the amount a person spends on public health care a year according to their income? Write to us

20 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Judgment on doctors gives hope for the future

The dispute between public hospital doctors and the Hospital Authority over compensation for long hours was no ordinary pay case. Hong Kong's hospitals handle more than 90 per cent of patients in an ageing population with ever-rising expectations of service and medical advances. The doctors are in the front line, around the clock, every day.

2 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Health reforms based on decisive timetable

I refer to your editorial 'Chronic indecision' (South China Morning Post, May 28), and wish to clarify that clear decisions have in fact been made on the implementation of various health-care reform measures, including those relating to the financing aspects.

31 May 2002 - 12:00am

Shorter wait

THE Hospital Authority aims to reduce the average waiting time for first appointments at all specialist clinics to five weeks by deploying additional resources and manpower at a cost of $388 million.

19 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Health-care reform needed now: doctors

Doctors have warned of a crisis in hospitals unless immediate steps are taken to overhaul both private and public health care.

Speaking at the launch of a signature campaign to gather backing from the territory's 9,000 doctors, Dr Lai Kang-yiu said he fully supported the Government's plan to charge accident and emergency ward patients.

14 Jan 2000 - 12:00am