Call for bigger subsidies

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 December, 2008, 12:00am

The Hospital Authority should increase subsidies to encourage more public patients to have cataract operations in the private sector, Association of Private Eye Doctors president Chow Pak-chin said. In February the government gave HK$40 million to the HA to launch the public-private programme to clear backlogs. Patients waiting for more than three years receive a HK$5,000 subsidy to help them get operations in the private sector. So far 3,442 public patients have joined up, one-third of the total number of patients invited, but Dr Chow said the rate was too low.