Public Hospital

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

Asylum seekers can't afford to fall ill in Hong Kong

For Habibur Rahman (in yellow) and his children, John (in black), and Mohamed Sultan (in white), falling ill here will leave them reeling from their medical bills. Photo: May Tse

Ailing asylum seekers and torture claimants still appealing against their unsuccessful applications to remain in the city say they are turning to hospital emergency services because they cannot get a waiver of their medical fees.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:05am

New public hospital proposed for Kai Tak district

New public hospital proposed for Kai Tak district

It would serve the many new housing developments planned for the site of the former airport, and would answer a longstanding complaint of Wong Tai Sin residents: that the densely populated district lacks adequate medical facilities close by.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:18am

Letters to the Editor, April 29, 2013

Green schemes are thriving in estates. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The Housing Authority has in fact undertaken various waste recycling initiatives in recent years and is committed to reducing waste in its public housing estates through different waste recycling and education programmes.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am

Letters to the Editor, April 22, 2013

Public hospitals offer quality service. Photo: Felix Wong

I refer to John Shannon's letter in which he stated that the decision in the foreign domestic helpers' right of abode case was unjust. I don't think the Court of Final Appeal's decision can be rightly criticised as unjust; the court only did what it is meant to do: apply the law to the facts in order to reach a decision.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am 2 comments

Concern over retirement of Hong Kong sex-change surgeon

Dr Albert Yuen

The only doctor who can carry out sex-change operations in Hong Kong public hospitals is due to retire in two years, triggering concern that patients who want life-altering surgery may be left in limbo.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:02am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 8, 2013

People queue outside Lei Yuen before it closes. Photo: May Tse

A priority policy should be in place not just for education, but for other services, including welfare, because people living locally contribute to the government budget as Hong Kong taxpayers.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am

Letters to the Editor, January 29, 2013

Using car horns won't clear a traffic jam. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong's public hospitals are excellent

Amy Wu, in her column ("Health benefits", January 24) extols the value and the standard of the private health care system in Hong Kong, going as far as to say that she was "fortunate to have got sick in Hong Kong".

I agree, but I would also extol the value and the standards of our public health care system.

29 Jan 2013 - 1:42am 1 comment

Public hospitals seek extension of 'do not revive' guideline

Public hospitals seek extension of 'do not revive' guideline

Public hospitals want to extend a guideline that allows chronic and critically ill patients to choose death rather than being revived by emergency procedures.

It is proposing that the option should not be confined to people dying in hospital but include critically ill outpatients.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:06am 1 comment

Mother questions hospital's weekend staff policy

A woman has lashed out at a public hospital after her three-year-old son died in December, three months after he was first admitted with pneumonia.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:34am

Doctor Allan So Cheuk-Wai found guilty of molesting nurses

Dr Allan So, of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei, was freed on bail after being convicted of the crimes in Kowloon City Court yesterday. Photo: David Wong

A married doctor was yesterday found guilty of molesting three nurses at a public hospital.

Magistrate Ko Wai-hung adjourned sentencing to next month, pending professional reports, after the defence counsel said the ruling had "far-reaching consequences for the profession".

25 Oct 2012 - 3:17am

Medical services dumped as pillar industry, says minister Ko Wing-man

Patients wait to see a doctor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kowloon. Photo: Sam Tsang

The government no longer considers private health care as one of the new "pillar industries" envisaged by Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to support long-term economic growth when he was chief executive in 2009.

Health chief Dr Ko Wing-man said the main role for private hospitals was to serve local people and relieve the overloaded public health-care service.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:29am

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

Letters Question, August 13, 2012

Cut-price help.

Should the health minister increase the HK$100 fee for emergency ward consultations in public hospitals in an effort to deter people who do not require emergency treatment and thereby cut waiting time?

13 Aug 2012 - 9:58am

Hospital site offer not unreasonable

More than 30 organisations expressed interest when the government said it would offer four sites for new private hospitals to address an imbalance of supply and demand between the majority of doctors, who work in the private sector, and the 90 per cent of patients who use public hospitals.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm