Hong Kong wants adults to save for their health care in old ageBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7290.816/d (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:816
- Jane Parry
- Hong Kong
The Hong Kong government has been criticised from all sides for its wide ranging proposals for healthcare reform, not least because it wants all working adults to save towards their medical care in old age.
The idea was mooted in the green paper Lifelong Investment in Health, for which the public consultation period ended on 31 March. It addressed three main issues—health care delivery, quality assurance, and funding and financing for healthcare services.
The Health Protection Account was one of the central financing proposals. It would require all working adults aged 40 to 65 to save 1% or 2% of their income to contribute towards the cost of medical services after the age of 65.