Families of patients who died of Sars began receiving money from the government relief package yesterday, after the fund committee approved the first payments, worth $46 million. Since the $155 million Trust Fund for Sars was established on November 7, the committee has approved 125 applications involving 149 people who will receive benefits. They are children, parents, spouses or other dependant family members of people who died from severe acute respiratory syndrome. Children aged up to 18 at the time of a parent's death will receive $500,000; those between 18 and 21, and who were full-time students at the time, will receive $300,000. Surviving spouses get $200,000 and dependant parents $300,000. Three families have received $1.7 million each. But the government is not doing enough, says Tim Pang Hung-cheong, spokesman of the Patients' Rights Association. He noted that the rules for receiving the funds do not allow for special cases. These include patients whose death certificates say they died of 'coronavirus', not 'Sars', and others who died after taking Sars drugs but were not confirmed as Sars cases, Mr Pang said. 'There are many grey areas and people suffering but not benefiting from the fund,' he said. Mr Pang's group will meet health officials next week to discuss these issues. Family members seeking funds do not have to pass a financial eligibility test. But recovered patients have to prove they have financial needs and are suffering from physical or psychological problems. Suspected Sars patients treated with steroids can be eligible for the funds if the drugs adversely affected them. Recovered patients could receive cumulative payments up to $500,000 on the basis of need.