Letters | To fund healthcare improvements, Hong Kong must revive the economy by opening up
- Readers say scrapping quarantine would solve both Hong Kong’s economic and healthcare dilemmas and make the city a top draw for visitors again
Might I respectfully suggest how to reconcile the policy divergences implied by recent reported statements by our financial secretary and health secretary.
Domestically, though the pandemic is under control thanks to the vaccination programme, it seems economic pressures limit what government might do to reverse pre-pandemic health service pressures.
Thus, if those pressures resulting from hammering Hong Kong’s tourism, travel, logistics, luxury goods, entertainment, rental and even banking sectors through unnecessary restrictions on travel were reversed, the government could boost tax income, better fund support for nursing, attract more doctors to Hong Kong, shorten waiting lists and boost afflicted business sectors.
Paul Serfaty, Mid-Levels
Quarantine rules do keep visitors away, no ifs or buts
I am one of many Australians who used to consider Hong Kong our favourite overseas travel destination. My first visit was 55 years years ago, and last, just before the current pandemic made travel out of Australia virtually impossible.
Unfortunately, since travel was once again allowed, the government authorities in Hong Kong have continuously enforced rules and regulations that are so onerous to tourism, as to make Hong Kong almost the last place in Asia any of us would consider visiting.
Richard Vielie, New South Wales, Australia