Archive for the ‘April 2012 – HK’s Ailing Health System’ Category
Hong Kong has one of the better public health systems in the world but the system is groaning under the challenge of an aging population, spiralling costs and rising expectations. In this issue of Periscope we look at some of the problems facing the public health system: As many elderly people rely on the out-patient […]
Overworked and underpaid – that’s how many nurses in Hong Kong’s public hospitals feel and they are leaving the public sector and even the profession in high numbers. So far, Hospital Authority efforts to stem the exodus don’t seem to be working. Varsity looks at the underlying reasons behind Hong Kong’s nursing shortage.
Plans to allow overseas-qualified doctors to work in Hong Kong’s public hospitals under a limited registration system have come under fire from local doctors’ groups who say the scheme could affect the quality of medical care provided. The critics are unhappy doctors under the scheme will be exempted from taking a licensing exam.
Many of the patients who use public healthcare services are elderly. To try to relieve the pressure on the public system the government recently extended the elderly healthcare voucher scheme and doubled the amount offered. But as Varsity discovers, many elderly people still find the vouchers inadequate and hard to use.