Publicly-Funded Health Care

Elderly forced to queue at 2am for dental care, concern group claims

Elderly forced to queue at 2am for dental care, concern group claims

It's a long and painful wait and they don't get much sleep, but elderly people still queue up in the early hours of the morning at one of the few government dental clinics in the city.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 5:52am 6 comments

Health warning for medical sector

It is not unusual on the mainland for doctors to be attacked by patients and their relatives. There has been a breakdown of trust which has taken the relationship in some cases to a deadly low. Murders are being committed and there is tight security around medical staff in some hospitals.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Ailing health system must take bitter pill of reforms

Hong Kong prides itself on its health system. So it is surprising to see the city compared by one of our doctors to a developing country in terms of public health care. Dr Ernie Lo Chi-fung, a council member of the Frontline Doctors' Union, said this week that long waiting times at public hospitals had deprived patients of the right to good care.

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

E-system helps monitor patients

A new electronic system to help busy doctors hand over patient information to peers on the next shift has been introduced to support the Hospital Authority's work reform.

The authority's director of cluster services, Cheung Wai-lun, said public doctors used to work long hours to care for the same patients.

9 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Doctors' registration rules may be eased

Under draft medical reforms to be announced when the two congresses end, doctors may be allowed to register at more than one hospital, increasing their mobility to practise, a CPPCC delegate says.

The delegate, who asked for anonymity until the plan is revealed, said the draft would 'explore and study the multiregistration of doctors'.

7 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Doctors get 17 seconds extra with each patient

'Cosmetic' change to length of consultations

Patients at public outpatient clinics now have more time with their doctors - an extra 17 to 26 seconds per consultation.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Go private, clinic patients urged

Long-time patients who have been attending public health clinics for more than five years will be encouraged to switch to private doctors while continuing to receive subsidised medicine from the Hospital Authority, under a proposal being considered to relieve overburdened public hospitals.

14 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Heavy workload 'made cardiologist quit team'

Heart specialist says work stress puts patients at risk

A former member of Queen Elizabeth Hospital's cardiology department said yesterday he left the team because workloads had 'reached a dangerous level and jeopardised the safety of patients'.

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Doctors cool on emergency call

Most mainland doctors have yet to warm to the government's call to put lives first and treat all emergency patients irrespective of their capacity to pay, according to an online survey.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Health-care reform held up by weak leadership

Few of our vital services show symptoms of stress as severe as our health system. The diagnosis calls for radical changes in the way it is financed and structured. This has been apparent for many years, but we are still waiting for the much-needed reforms to be introduced. The government's decision to delay matters further is, therefore, disappointing.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Little public support for sharp rise in medical fees

The public opposes the Hospital Authority's controversial plans to cut the government's cost and deter abuse by dramatically raising public hospital fees this year, a poll has indicated.

A phone poll of 932 people by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong found 40 per cent oppose any fee rise for accident and emergency services.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

The full picture needed on hospital financing

The Hospital Authority has proposed raising fees to boost income and reduce abuse. The steep increases have raised questions about affordability and patients' contributions to the costs of their own treatment which deserve careful consideration.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Bumpy road to reform

Was he trying to test the waters, or was he misunderstood, as he claimed? Secretary for Health and Welfare York Chow Yat-ngok kicked up a storm this week when he said everyone might be required to contribute more than 1 per cent of his income to a health-care fund.

30 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Mandatory study for doctors ruled out

Medical chief prefers monitoring system be set up to ensure quality of services

Quality assurance schemes should be set up to monitor Hong Kong doctors and other health professionals when more patients are relying on the private sector, the health chief said.

28 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

kevin sinclair's hong kong

Hong Kong has a magnificent public hospital system. But we can't afford it. Our society is simply unable to continue paying the community health bill. We expect the best hospital care money can buy while paying witch doctor prices for 21st century medical skills and expensive scientific technologies.

13 Oct 2004 - 12:00am