The city's biggest private hospitals are not providing their patients with comprehensive price information that can help them budget for simple operations. This emerged from a recent review by the South China Morning Post, which was conducted after two patients complained about price disputes with their hospitals.Tuesday, 5 March, 2013, 4:45am
Mainland agencies who help pregnant women from across the border to reserve maternity bed spaces in Hong Kong claim they will still be able to do so after the "zero-birth quota" comes into effect at midnight tonight, a South China Morning Post investigation has found.31 Dec 2012 - 4:51pm
The city may get its first private hospitals with a Unicef "baby-friendly" accreditation in a few years, after they take steps to steer new mothers away from feeding their infants milk formula, the UN agency said yesterday.14 Dec 2012 - 6:01am 1 comment
72-year-old man dies in fire at home
A 72-year-old man died in a fire in his public housing flat on Kai Yip Estate, Ngau Tau Kok, yesterday. About 25 residents were evacuated when the fire, which was declared suspicious, broke out at 5.30am. Firemen broke into the flat and found the man unconscious. He was declared dead at United Christian Hospital.
10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am
A lawmaker said the free beds offered at private hospitals may as well not exist, after the health chief admitted that other charges at the facilities meant the poor were unlikely to ever use them.9 Dec 2012 - 3:59am
Shelf space over comfort at supermarkets
Any would-be cashier in a supermarket and other retail outlet needs to speak English to get the job. But it's not a stringent test because if they can say, "Do you need a bag?" they will get the job.
This is not the only sign of poor management practices.9 Dec 2012 - 3:06am
Officials blamed the 1997 handover as well as missing documents for some private hospitals having not been required to set aside 20 per cent of their beds for the needy.4 Dec 2012 - 3:27am
Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man admitted yesterday that the Department of Health "has not fully exercised its power" in monitoring private hospitals.1 Dec 2012 - 3:45am
The row between ATV and Citi Telecom (CTI) has intensified, after ATV executive director James Shing Pan-yu accused CTI head Ricky Wong Wai-kay of obtaining confidential information from ATV.25 Nov 2012 - 3:35am
Dam will not disrupt flow of Mekong
I refer to your editorial ("Laos risking decades of co-operation with Mekong dam project", November 17).
In pursuit of its poverty reduction policies and modernisation programmes, the Lao government is developing its hydropower potential for the benefit of its people.25 Nov 2012 - 2:06am
The latest report of the Director of Audit describes how a luxury residential development came to be built on land granted for a hospital in Sha Tin when, according to a government estimate, the district was short of nearly 900 hospital beds. The government usually grants land on favourable terms for private hospitals.20 Nov 2012 - 8:49pm 1 comment
The government should push private hospitals for greater transparency in handling patients' complaints, and prevent them from "operating behind closed doors", a concern group has urged.16 Nov 2012 - 3:58am
The Health Department has been asked to step up controls on private hospitals after an audit report showed that written warnings for serious irregularities were not issued.15 Nov 2012 - 4:33am