Healthcare in Hong Kong

It is never easy to sell an idea like the Health Protection Scheme to a free market in which doctors and hospitals set their own fees for service. Photo: Oliver Tsang

Promoting private insurance still key to health reforms

When the previous government opted for voluntary insurance - to be known as the Health Protection Scheme - as a central element of health-care reforms, it was envisaged private hospitals would offer fixed-price packages for treating common conditions. This would make medical costs more transparent and predictable - a factor seen as important in promoting insurance to the public - and complement the standardisation of coverage provided by insurers.