Universal Health Care

New health chief's prescription

Incoming health minister Dr Ko Wing-man says the new government should continue a wide range of medical policies introduced by its predecessor, including the unpopular health insurance scheme, the partnership between private and public hospitals, and the health care vouch

Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am

One man's pet is another man's peeve

Hong Kong veterinarians have made local animal medical history by implanting a dog with a pacemaker.

Heartless as this may sound, we have to ask - really?

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Industry under fire as medical cover tops insurance complaints

Medical cover was at the top of a list of complaints against the insurance industry in Hong Kong last year, according to the Insurance Claims Complaints Bureau.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Financial life support

Reports of a series of hospital blunders have called people's attention to the standards of Hong Kong's public health care services.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Here's to your health and the bottom line

Bernard Charnwut Chan on the best medication

Hospital services in Hong Kong may well be seen as a kind of welfare and not an investment. But in the eyes of Bernard Charnwut Chan, president of Asia Financial Holdings, the health-care business in Asia is full of opportunities.

14 May 2007 - 12:00am

Patients must come first in health business

Long after quack health remedies and their promoters were put out of business by modern medicine, entrepreneurs remain alert to opportunities to make money out of health care. Nowadays, though, they are mostly respectable.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

In poor health

Criticisms outlined in a speech by Ba Denian, former president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences

16 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Complex mix in health review

Comprehensive statistics on health-care variables, demographics, hospital services data and financing models projected to 2030 will be contained in a consultation report on financing.

A combination of a medical savings scheme or pooled risk insurance, user-pay services and a safety net are also being considered.

26 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Public health set for reform

The government urgently needs to address the health-care system, which is struggling under the weight of growing patient numbers and is outdated, says Hospital Authority chief executive

Public hospitals should provide more choices for patients and use their resources wisely to make the system sustainable, the Hospital Authority's chief executive Shane Solomon says.

20 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Let the market drive reform

Hong Kong's health-care system has a unique public-private divide. It has a socialistic hospital service and a capitalistic outpatient service. The Hospital Authority looks after more than 90 per cent of the hospital specialist care, and the private service about 85 per cent of the outpatient primary care.

20 Jun 2006 - 12:00am