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Devi Shetty's Narayana Hrudayalaya can perform heart surgery for US$800

A staff member at Narayana Hrudayalaya clinic attends to an infant while founder and surgeon Devi Shetty explains a point. Photos: AFP

What if hospitals were run like a mix of Walmart and a low-cost airline? The result might be something like the chain of "no-frills" Narayana Hrudayalaya clinics in southern India.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 5:17am

Hospitals can cope with bird flu outbreak

Professor Yuen Kwok-yung. Photo: David Wong

The plans cover procedures for isolating patients, dispensing medicine and deploying doctors and nurses. Private doctors or retired nursing staff might be called in to help at government hospitals if needed, according to Hospital Authority director Dr Cheung Wai-lun.

13 Apr 2013 - 5:41am

The rise of medical tourism: buyer beware

Illustration: Ken Cheng

Hong Kong-based writer Monica (not her real name) managed to shed serious weight following a stomach bypass operation in India five years ago. Her attempt at body contouring, however, turned into a nightmare.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:47am

Don't bank on trade from mainland Chinese mothers, CY warns medics

Hong Kong's medical industry should not rely on the 'doomed' business of treating mainland mothers-to-be, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has warned. Photo: Bloomberg

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was addressing how the zero-tolerance policy for expectant mainland mothers in Hong Kong's maternity wards could affect the city's obstetrics industry. Yesterday marked the first time he had done so since the ban came into effect in January.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:44am 7 comments

Beijing hospital staff grilled over private use of ambulance sirens

The photo of the ambulance posted by netizen @BG2RHY onto Sina Weibo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

With sirens wailing, a Beijing ambulance headed for the hospital was not rushing a patient back at all. It was returning from a noodle restaurant where staff members had dinner that night.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:19pm

China Digest, December 12, 2012

Municipal lawmakers are planning to pass emergency legislation that would allow drivers to be cited if they do not yield to ambulances during emergencies.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:00am

Wuhan hospital takes down banner celebrating 40,000 patients

A controversial banner hangs at Wuhan City People's Hospital. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A Wuhan hospital was slammed by netizens after it unveiled a banner outside the building celebrating its total number of in-patients hitting 40,000.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10pm 1 comment

Hospitals in China resist bid to reform drug sales

Chen Zhu, China's Health Minister. Photo: Simon Song

The central government's attempt to control the mainland's soaring health costs by scrapping a long-standing mark-up on medicine sales has run into stiff resistance from the chiefs at major hospitals.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:42am

Vice-Premier weighs in on HIV patients hospital rejection

Vice-Premier weighs in on HIV patients hospital rejection

Tianjin's Health Bureau says a hospital that rejected a lung cancer patient after finding out he was infected with HIV will face serious punishment.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

Harbin doctor's killing highlights problem for hospitals

Illustration: Henry Wong

On the day his son was stabbed to death, it snowed. On the day of the young man's funeral, it snowed. Now, as Wang Dongqing regards the snow blanketing his son's tomb after learning the killer had been sentenced to life imprisonment, he sees the snow as a sign that God has seen justice done.

2 Nov 2012 - 3:59am

China Digest, October 22, 2012

China Digest, October 22, 2012

Beijing

Autumn lovers in a jam

22 Oct 2012 - 4:13am

Patient and doctor groups welcome U-turn on promoting private care

The government's decision to stop pursuing private health care as a "new pillar" of economic growth is a step towards reform, say patients' and doctors' groups.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:28am

Hospital 'blacklists patient again'

For the second time in 10 months, the same Hong Kong hospital has been accused of blacklisting a patient for complaining about service or making demands, prompting concern from a patients' rights group.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Contest for private hospitals heats up

A global health care company that runs 590 private clinics in the city is joining the fight to develop two new private hospitals.

While some potential investors say unprecedented restrictions imposed by the government on bidders are 'too harsh', Fortis Healthcare is interested in developing private hospitals at sites in Aberdeen and Tai Po.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Global medical giant joins bid for private hospitals

A global health care company that runs 590 private clinics in the city is joining the fight to develop two new private hospitals.

While some potential investors say unprecedented restrictions imposed by the government on bidders are 'too harsh', Fortis Healthcare is interested in developing private hospitals at sites in Aberdeen and Tai Po.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

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