Elderly residents in North Fanling. The Hong Kong government said that residents aged 65 and older were six times more likely to require hospitalisation than younger residents. Photo: Felix Wong

Former Hong Kong health chief slams medical voucher scheme for the elderly as lax, flawed and ‘not cost-effective’

  • Nearly 80 per cent of elderly residents still use public health care, which does not help city’s overcrowded hospitals
  • Government has earmarked HK$4.2 billion for the plan in the 2019-20 budget
Topic |   Hong Kong health care and hospitals

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Elderly residents in North Fanling. The Hong Kong government said that residents aged 65 and older were six times more likely to require hospitalisation than younger residents. Photo: Felix Wong
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The proposed cap limit on health care vouchers has angered the city’s opticians. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Proposed cap on how much Hong Kong’s elderly can spend on eye tests leaves optometrists fuming

  • Health officials suggest HK$2,000 limit for medical vouchers scheme in bid to stop patients from spending money all in one place
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The proposed cap limit on health care vouchers has angered the city’s opticians. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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