Public Health-Care in China

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.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 1:58am

Hong Kong on standby for H7N9 outbreak as China confirms three new cases

China has reported 21 human cases of the H7N9 flu virus, including six deaths. Photo: EPA

The latest three cases in Shanghai and Anhui brought the total number of confirmed H7N9 cases across the nation to 21 - ten in Shanghai, six in Jiangsu, three in Zhejiang and two in Anhui. Four patients in Shanghai and two in Zhejiang have died.

7 Apr 2013 - 11:37pm 4 comments

Questions fly thick and fast over delay in bird flu report

Workers catch pigeons in People's Square as a precaution against bird flu in Shanghai. Photo: EPA

Memories of the 2002-03 Sars epidemic are deeply embedded in the mainland psyche. While just about everyone learned about severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed 774 people worldwide, from the news media, they also remember that mainland officials hid the growing toll from the public for weeks before a wave of deaths and rumours forced authorities to reveal the scale of the epidemic.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am

Beijing needs to give world full picture of bird flu outbreak

Doctors and nurses attend a training course for treatment of H7N9 virus at a hospital in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters

One of the most important lessons of the 2002-03 Sars outbreak was that more openness from mainland officials would have helped combat the epidemic. There is evidence it has been remembered - though perhaps belatedly - in the release of information about the current deadly outbreak of H7N9 avian flu. 

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am

A decade on from Sars: Torment of the first patient

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

While most people's memories of the 2002-03 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome - which killed 774 people worldwide - are fading, people like Huang Xingchu are still living with its legacy every day.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Shanghai's 'Dr Smile' Zhang Qiang goes private for public good

Dr Zhang Qiang

Shanghai vascular surgeon Dr Zhang Qiang made headlines by quitting as department head of a public class-A hospital at the end of last year and becoming one of the mainland's few freelance doctors.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

A dying profession

Young doctors are increasingly turning away from the more important fields of medical science to embrace the easier and more lucrative areas of plastic surgery and anaesthesiology.

Their senior colleagues find the trend disturbing.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

East meets West for the treatment of inpatients

Kwong Wah Hospital will provide the city's first inpatient service offering a combined treatment of Western and Chinese traditional medicine from the end of this month.

The public hospital will have its first batch of 110 hospital beds available for the combined treatment of patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer, stroke, pain, cerebral palsy and diabetes.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Remedy you can't afford not to take

A second University of Hong Kong teaching hospital to open in Shenzhen soon expects to have no trouble filling its 2,000 beds - 1,200 of them for public patients at 500 yuan (HK$602) a day. This will cover everything from a bed to major surgery.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Wards for Chinese medicine urged

Call for practitioners to run units in hospitals

Wards run by practitioners of Chinese medicine should be set up in public hospitals, a top medical school official has suggested.

13 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Low-cost hospitals crucial for reform

Health ministry hopes they will serve as a model in reducing hefty medical bills

The Ministry of Health hopes an experiment with low-cost hospitals will serve as a model in the government's efforts to restructure the health-care system and curb malpractices that result in exorbitant medical bills.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am


Q Is enough being done to protect health workers from Sars?

Of course not. Everybody can see to the daily rise in the number of infected staff. There are not enough health-care workers as it is to take care of Sars patients.

25 Apr 2003 - 12:00am


The following measures have been announced by the central government in response to the Sars outbreak: 1) The week-long Labour Day holiday is cut back. 2) An investigation and supervision taskforce similar to those already in place in Beijing and Guangdong will also be established in Ningxia. 3) A system will be created to help pay medical costs for those who cannot afford treatment.

21 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Health policy wastes medical resources

I read with interest the letter by Thomas Yiu written on behalf of the Secretary for Health and Welfare, Yeoh Eng-kiong, ('Health reforms based on decisive timetable,' South China Morning Post, May 31). Regrettably this opinion is based on the culture of hospital-based, hi-tech medicine.

6 Jun 2002 - 12:00am