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Advance Directives: Legal disputes to be settled


The Government is contemplating new legislation to uphold patients’ right to voluntarily refuse certain kinds of treatment in advance. In fact, the Government has conducted a similar public consultation several years ago, however it did not put forward the legislative proposal, explaining that discussing death is a taboo in the community. Despite the years gone by, the topic remains controversial and some questions still have to be answered.

Is a four-day work week feasible in Hong Kong?


Many employees in Hong Kong always work their tails off. As modern people put increasing emphasis on work-life balance, a four-day work week letting employees enjoy extra time off has become popular in foreign countries. One of the latest example is the tryout of Microsoft Japan allowing staffs to have Fridays off for a month. What are the results of different kinds of four-day work week experiments? Is this idea feasible in Hong Kong?

Assessing comprehensiveness of PHC services in HK (I): Out-patient, oral and eye care services


Everyone experiences different health problems at various stages in life. Hence, it is impossible to engage a particular medical professional to manage care services of all medical specialties. The question is: How can a healthcare system be qualified as ‘comprehensive’? By adopting the ‘all-embracing care’ principle – one of the six primary healthcare (PHC) service assessment principles proposed by the Centre, this analysis examines the comprehensiveness of local PHC services in term of western and Chinese medicine out-patient, as well as oral and eye healthcare services.

Six assessment principles for Hong Kong’s primary healthcare services


To realise the vision of ‘Health for All’, community-based primary healthcare (PHC) services which focus on preventive care should be promoted. The Government has been trying to develop PHC services since 1990s. What has been accomplished after 30 years? The Centre has formulated an analytical framework with six assessment principles to examine the current situation and development of PHC services, and analyse the obstacles to it.

Pros and cons of self-set salaries


Allowing employees to adjust the salary level at their own discretion has become a new talent attraction strategy among overseas companies. It sounds like a good idea for employees. However, is it merely a gimmick of particular companies or operationally viable?

Ideal and reality of special education


The Chief Executive's 2019 Policy Address suggests providing additional service places for students with special educational needs (SEN) and implement a pilot project in order to provide early intervention services for children who show signs of special needs. Educational scholars have proposed various strategies to support SEN students over the years. What is the most effective way to foster social inclusion?

Turning health awareness into action by launching a free check-up plan


Health is priceless. Most people are aware of key factors for staying healthy, yet they rarely put them into practice for various reasons. Hong Kong could hardly achieve the vision of ‘Health for All’ if people are not health conscious nor willing to incorporate self-care ideas into their daily routines, even if the primary healthcare system is comprehensive. This article sheds light on the Centre’s suggestions that help raise the public health awareness and promote people’s healthy behaviour.

2019 Youth movement III: Social participation behind the scene


Four months into the anti-government storm, thousands of young activists have taken to the streets and continued escalating violence to new levels. In addition, some political neophytes have decided to run for the coming District Council elections in November, in the hope of pushing for political reforms. How do young activists change their ways to make their voice heard over the past few years? How do these changes reshape the city’s political landscape?

Records follow patients: A key to an integrated primary healthcare services


Interoperable electronic health records, which provide primary healthcare professionals with accurate and comprehensive health information of patients, can reduce duplicate tests and treatment. However, the current participation in the Electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHRSS) is on the whole unsatisfactory due to a lack of understanding of the eHRSS among Hong Kong citizens, and experiencing technical difficulties or insufficient incentives discouraged doctors’ registration. The Centre suggests some possible ways to address these problems.