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Establishing a new statutory body to enhance regulatory standard of primary healthcare


In recent years, the Government has vigorously promoted primary healthcare (PHC) services with the emphasis on cross-disciplinary and cross-group collaboration. However, PHC services which are provided by different healthcare professionals, can hardly be standardised. The Centre proposes to establish a statutory ‘PHC Authority’ which aims at upgrading the regulatory standard of local PHC services.

Allowing subsidised sale flats owners to pay land premium by instalments


Presently, subsidised sale flat (SSF) owners cannot sell their units freely unless full land premium is paid. However, considering the huge amount of the land premium, SSF owners can hardly pay the lump sum in one go. To tackle such issue, the Government should allow certain flexibility for SSF owners to pay the land premium by instalments. They can decide the repayment schedule and amount based on the market condition. In addition, setting a ceiling on the repayment is important for helping owners to plan ahead.

Hong Kong should get rid of the blind spots in healthcare services reviews


Healthcare institutions always pursue blindly numerical target of patients served in primary healthcare to the neglect of the importance of service quality, e.g. whether the patients have improved their conditions and their satisfaction with the services. Therefore, the society needs a comprehensive assessment framework to ensure both quality and quantity are taken into consideration. This analysis discusses how to effectively evaluate the quality and quantity of primary healthcare services.

Ways to combat cruel animal husbandry


The New York City Council passed the legislation in prohibiting the sale of foie gras to combat cruelty in the meat industry. Indeed, some parties believe that certification program could be a cure on animal welfare. How the standards of certification protect the welfare of livestock, as well as the additional production cost and monitoring of compliance with standards, will become the key factors in solving the issue.

Should we give up the public payphone service in Hong Kong?


The Communications Authority decided to embark on a review of the number of public payphones two years ago. The review is expected to be completed before the end of 2019. The society has different opinions on leaving or keeping the public payphone kiosks, but beside these two-prospective, we still have other choices.

Kidfluencers are coming to town. Are we ready?


The culture of internet celebrity has been flourishing, initiating kids’ dreams of becoming stars. However, the online world is full of perils including harassment, negative reviews and threats from criminals. Are children equipped to deal with it?

Why healthy lifestyle is easier said than done in Hong Kong?


A majority of people is aware of the importance of balanced diet and regular exercise which are essential to staying healthy. Yet, many of them hardly turn the knowledge into action because of different reasons. Considering the advancement of public health, reviewing the Government's work on promoting ‘awareness and empowerment’ should be an important principle to evaluate the local primary healthcare services.

Challenges facing religion in an aging society


In the wake of the rapidly changing demographic situation worldwide, many religions are facing a religious generation gap. Some religious groups have incorporated scientific and technological elements into their traditional religious culture so as to preach to the younger generation, but the move has aroused controversy.

Survey on public perceptions towards the rule of law in Hong Kong


The rule of law is the core value of Hong Kong society and an indispensable factor in maintaining the city’s long-term competitiveness. To gauge public views on the current situation of and perception changes in the rule of law in Hong Kong, the Centre has commissioned the CUHK to conduct the third round survey, which examines respondents’ opinions from five perspectives and 10 different aspects of the implementation of the rule of law.

Digital health: Far beyond smart wristband


In recent years, many Hong Kong people wear smart wristbands to track exercise performance and monitor heartbeat in a bid to manage personal health. Digital health can indeed make a great contribution to primary healthcare service delivery, including diagnosis, treatment and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks, etc. To unleash the potential of digital health, the Government should play a key role.