Hospital Authority

More refugees get medical bills waived

Medical fee waivers given to the city's asylum seekers are on the rise.

The number of torture claimants and asylum seekers granted waivers of non-emergency medical fees by the Hospital Authority has soared threefold in the past four financial years to at least HK$40.8 million.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 5:05am

Hospital Authority faces increasing demands on its services

Hospital Authority faces increasing demands on its services

Over the past 22 years, the Hospital Authority has grown and developed to become a leading public health care system providing comprehensive medical services.

16 May 2013 - 2:47am 1 comment

Retirement savers should heed judge's compensation ruling

HSBC stock qualifies as a "widows and orphans" blue chip. Photo: AFP

A recent court case was a warning to people saving for their retirement that they should invest at least part of their portfolio in equities instead of putting all the money in bank deposits or bonds.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:16am

Doctors should report surgery injuries to protect patients, coroner says

Dr Tang Chung-ngai

The Hospital Authority should make it compulsory for doctors to report any injuries they suffer during surgery, to protect patients from infection through blood contact, the Coroner's Court has urged.

The recommendation came as Coroner Philip Wong Wai-kuen found yesterday that HIV-infected Dr Wong Ho-hing died by suicide in January last year.

14 Mar 2013 - 5:29am

'Medics' worst fear was spreading Sars to our families'

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: May Tse

Health secretary Dr Ko Wing-man said he never thought being a doctor would involve the risk of getting killed one day by an infection he contracted at work. Speaking about his feelings during the Sars outbreak a decade ago, he said medics' worst fear at the time was spreading the deadly disease to their loved ones at home.

23 Feb 2013 - 4:14am 1 comment

Privacy regulations are blocking data that could benefit health care in HK

Dr Paul Yip and colleagues at HKU's Centre for Suicide Research. Photo: Red Door News

As Hong Kong offices wound down yesterday at the end of a typically manic Monday, an important deadline passed quietly - unnoticed and unremarked upon by the vast majority of the city's population engrossed in their busy lives and the run-up to the Lunar New Year holiday.

5 Feb 2013 - 9:44am

The hospitals where risk of post-operative death is highest

Medical ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photo: Ricky Chung

Queen Elizabeth Hospital has to improve its surgical services, the Hospital Authority said yesterday as it released its annual report on the outcomes of operations.

20 Jan 2013 - 3:50am

Ambulance system to be revised in bid to avoid delays

Hong Kong's Ombudsman said the present ambulance system causes delays in taking patients to hospital. Photo: David Wong

The Fire Services Department and the Hospital Authority have agreed to amend their ambulance system so that patients in urgent need of treatment are taken to the nearest hospital.

This follows criticism by the Ombudsman that the present system causes delays of up to 10 minutes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

City Digest, December 27, 2012

Organisers of the January 1 march demanding Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's resignation say poor police arrangements could cause chaos.

27 Dec 2012 - 2:49am 1 comment

Demand still great 20 years after Hong Kong's first heart transplant operation

Hong Kong's first heart transplant recipient, Chiu Wan-hoi (centre), at the Academy of Medicine in Aberdeen. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong's first heart transplant recipient marked the 20th anniversary of his operation with an appeal for more people to register as organ donors.

Chiu Wan-hoi, 68, talked about his experience at an event hosted by the Hospital Authority yesterday, saying he was thankful to be given 20 more years - and counting - to enjoy life.

17 Dec 2012 - 4:15am

Private hospitals should comply with Hospital Authority reporting code

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man has admitted that the department has not fully exercised its power.

There are good reasons why public hospitals are subject to a code that ensures serious medical incidents causing death or injury are promptly reported to the Hospital Authority. And there is no good reason why private hospitals should not feel bound by it.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:11am 1 comment

Hospital fee rises to hit mainlanders

Non-locals will have to pay more to use public hospitals next year after the Hospital Authority approved the price rises.

Those admitted to emergency wards will have to pay HK$990, up HK$420 from the current HK$570. The charge for specialist outpatient services will rise from HK$700 to HK$1,110. A bed on a general ward will rise from HK$3,300 a day to HK$4,680.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:25am 1 comment

Psoriasis patients seek subsidies for medication

When Gary Lai first came down with the skin disease psoriasis, he got so tired of the stigma he faced in the outside world that he would lock himself away in his apartment whenever he didn’t have to be at work.

26 Nov 2012 - 1:45pm

What the local media says

Sunday, Ming Pao Daily

Hospital may shelve plans for obstetrics department

20 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Letters to the Editor, October 16, 2012

Staff turnover at hospitals is now down. Photo: Felix Wong

Public medics' efforts are appreciated

I refer to the letter of Dr Jason Brockwell ("Wrong diagnosis in editorial's prescription for doctor shortage", October 9).

16 Oct 2012 - 3:56am 1 comment

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