Authorities are looking for affordable medical insurance for elderly people who want to settle in Guangdong, the health minister said yesterday. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said the government would select a number of appropriate and reliable medical insurance plans to recommend to the elderly. He made the remarks after visiting a home for the elderly in Guangzhou. At present, more than 3,000 elderly Hongkongers have settled in the province, many of whom are welfare recipients. 'We know many elderly are interested in settling down in Guangdong. We believe it will become a trend. But a major problem they face is medical services. So we would like to explore affordable medical insurance for them,' he said. The minister added that the insurance must be affordable even for those who rely on Comprehensive Social Security Assistance and the Old Age Allowance. But he stressed that the government only wanted to help, and had no plans to move elderly people from Hong Kong to the mainland. The hostel Dr Chow visited has more than 700 beds and is home to about 20 people from Hong Kong. Lai Har, one of the Hong Kong people living there, said: 'The service is good, the environment is good. My room has a balcony, kitchen and bathroom. 'In Hong Kong, it would cost me more than $10,000 a month. How could I afford it now that I have no income? I only need to pay $1,000 a month here,' she said. Dr Chow is leading a health and welfare delegation to Guangzhou, to strengthen ties with mainland departments. The delegation includes Director of Social Welfare Paul Tang Kwok-wai. The group also visited the Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital yesterday, and will today inspect a chicken farm that sends products to Hong Kong, before returning to the city in the evening.