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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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