Healthcare in the United States

Business sets up US treatment for Chinese

Cai Qiang has found a niche both rewarding and fulfilling.

The lengths to which wealthy mainlanders will go to provide safe imported food or high-quality overseas education to their families comes as no surprise to Cai Qiang. What amazes him is that many of those same people have no idea how to access top-notch medical care when they or their loved ones fall ill. 

Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 5:21am

A guardian angel for youngsters without hope

Many nights Lyn Gould lies wide awake, staring at the ceiling and wondering if setting up a palliative care centre in China was 'the most stupid thing' she has ever done.

'I would think: 'It's too difficult. Why don't we just go home?' ' the 62-year-old Englishwoman said recently on a visit to Hong Kong. 'But the next day I would say to myself: 'Okay. Just try one more day'.'

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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

Handling with care

Gaunt bodies ravaged by debilitating illnesses, bed-ridden patients groaning in pain, and grief-stricken relatives about to lose their loved ones: these painful images would make most of us wince. But for palliative care nurse Rachel Ho Yin-fun, it's all in a day's work.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Old couple get another year together

Centenarian Ng King-yin and his 95-year-old wife Lam Sau-king moved into a private care home together last Tuesday, temporarily easing fears that they would be forced to live apart after eight decades as a couple.

But their fees at the private home in Kowloon will only be paid by a sponsor for one year and their long wait for a government-subsidised home continues.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Should doctors advertise?

Cathy Chan, 16, CCC Kei Chi Secondary School

15 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Two more hospice care centres to open

Two more hospice care centres at public hospitals will give support and ease the suffering of dying cancer patients, thanks to sponsorship by the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the Hospital Authority said. The centres, at North District Hospital, in Sheung Shui, and Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital, in Lok Fu, will be part of the palliative care scheme now run in eight public hospitals.

18 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Baby left to die leaves intensive care unit

A 27-day-old baby girl from Tianjin, who has multiple birth defects and was abandoned by her family to die in a hospice, has recovered and left an intensive care unit yesterday, two days after a group of mothers rescued her and took her to a Beijing hospital.

8 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Mothers rally to Little Hope, baby a family left to die

At just 25 days old, 'Little Hope' has been through a lot. Born with multiple defects, the unnamed girl finds herself at the centre of an extraordinary battle waged by a group of mothers who mobilised via the internet.

6 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

HKers reluctant to burden loved ones with dying wishes

Most people, if facing a terminal illness, would not want to burden family members by telling them what they want to do before they die, a poll has found. Only one in five would tell loved ones of their last wishes.

27 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Cancer survivor repays support she received

After Zhu Xuhong beat cancer in her early 30s, she decided to help other sufferers, and now volunteers by visiting terminally ill cancer patients. The Shenzhen accountant speaks about what her work means to her and what she hopes to offer.

When and why did you join the hospice visitors' scheme?

1 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Simple 'thank you' lifts morale of award-winning hospice team

A simple thank-you card or phone call from the relatives of a dead patient are the biggest motivation for staff of the hospice unit at Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital.

The team, which was set up in 1993, is one of the 13 recipients of the Hospital Authority's award for outstanding work.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Critics worry about creeping costs of medical savings plan

The health chief refused to say whether a proposed health financing plan would be viable only if employers contributed 3 to 5 per cent saved from their monthly salaries.

The savings level is contentious: until late last year, the level being floated was just 3 per cent.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hospice work gives 'me great joy'

People share their volunteering experience

Hong Kong-born Louise Spurrier has been a volunteer at Bradbury Hospice in Sha Tin for 24 years. She's still going strong and says she has no plans to quit helping cancer patients.

Inspired by her late father, Mrs Spurrier was taught at an early age to give something back to the community.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Dual approach planned on health reform

Insurance and savings targeted

A key health advisory body is putting the final touches to reform proposals that include a mandatory savings and insurance scheme and an eventual increase in public hospital charges, which could rise sixfold.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am