Meanwhile, Hong Kong Medical Association president Choi Kin, a vocal opponent of the reforms, recently armed himself with poll findings indicating 65 percent of doctors are prepared to join a protest against the proposed changes. The association canvassed 13,000 doctors, but only 15 percent responded.
Therefore, Choi's support rests on 65 percent of the 15 percent replying, which is hardly representative.
A fear factor the opponents have played up is people's apprehension that if the doors are opened to overseas practitioners, it could result in an influx of mainland doctors.
That's a smart strategy, for they know it would be politically inconvenient for SAR officials to deny this openly.
But according to the administration, the fact remains not a single mainland- trained doctor has been admitted to local public hospitals.
While the message may be subtle, the denial can't be any clearer.
For sure, the opponents will continue with the fear mongering to sway public opinion, as the bill is deliberated by lawmakers - even though such fears aren't necessarily based on the truth.