The Nanny State Cometh: How government will make you healthy
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The Nanny State Cometh: How government will make you healthy

By Chermaine Lee Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are costing Hong Kongers US$4.8 billion, equivalent to half of the government’s healthcare spending in 2018-2019, the Economist Intelligence…

Private health operators being brought into regulatory fold
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Private health operators being brought into regulatory fold

On November 15, the LegCo passed the Private Healthcare Facilities Bill. Four types of private healthcare facilities, namely hospitals, day procedure centres, clinics and health…

Private sector player WeDoctor moves to unify GBA healthcare market
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Private sector player WeDoctor moves to unify GBA healthcare market

Jeffrey Chen, Chief Strategy Officer of WeDoctor, takes a thoughtful moment to consider a unified GBA market while speaking to Julien de Salaberry, CEO of…

Cannabis investment, medical use, comes to Asia
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Cannabis investment, medical use, comes to Asia

Cannabis has long been considered harmful by those who see it as addictive and damaging to health. Contrary to what most people think, cannabis –…

Poll: The people want timely tobacco alternatives
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Poll: The people want timely tobacco alternatives

Smoke and vape on government’s plans for alternatives to smoking Unlike other countries, Hong Kong is still indecisive about its approach to alternative tobacco products…

Part II: The Fixed Period ends in Shenzhen: Aging in the Greater Bay Area
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Part II: The Fixed Period ends in Shenzhen: Aging in the Greater Bay Area

  Mr Lam Ching-choi, chairman of the Elderly Commission, suggests setting up a special zone for healthcare in the GBA, as there is not enough…

Part I: The Fixed Period ends in Shenzhen: Aging in the Greater Bay Area
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Part I: The Fixed Period ends in Shenzhen: Aging in the Greater Bay Area

Hong Kong, you ain’t getting any younger. Anthony Trollope’s 1881 serial (published as a book in 1882) posited a world where men and women, at…

Hot debate over heat-not-burn and vaping products
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Hot debate over heat-not-burn and vaping products

As the Hong Kong government mulls regulation on new tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) is…

Part III of the Hong Kong Healthcare Series: Show me the Prices! Increasing visibility in hospital fees could relieve pressure on public health services
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Part III of the Hong Kong Healthcare Series: Show me the Prices! Increasing visibility in hospital fees could relieve pressure on public health services

While long lines for simple services pushes people out of government clinics, opacity in the pricier in-patient services tends to push those without high-end insurance…

Part II of the Hong Kong Healthcare Series: Opaque at Every Turn
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Part II of the Hong Kong Healthcare Series: Opaque at Every Turn

Hong Kong’s highly affordable and widely-used public healthcare system is hampered by long waiting times, leading some to choose the more expensive private sector that…