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UGL Legco Select Committee, HA's Drugs Formulary (20 May 2017)

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Do we dare say it? - Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has threatened newspapers, a political commentator and even a legislator with legal action for talking about his HK$50 million payment from the Australian firm UGL. An 11-member Legislative Council committee has been set up to look into the matter. It’s expected to take 14 months to investigate. In a meeting on Monday members of the committee were informed of an unexpected intervention. With me in the studio is former Secretary for the Civil Service and professor, Joseph Wong. It can be expensive to be ill in Hong Kong. Much of that expense may be the drugs you need for treatment. Prices vary not only between private and public hospitals and clinics, but depending on the pharmaceutical. Last month, a single mother suffering from a serious disease pleaded to Legco for help in getting treatment. A week later she died. That’s given rise to increased discussion about medication that’s not government subsidised as it’s not included in the Hospital Authority’s Drug Formulary.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Station: 
RTHK
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