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The Budget and the Poor; Medical insurance Reform in HK; Dr Gao Yaojie (26 Feb 2010)


The Budget was a more generous affair than many would have predicted a year ago. Financial Secretary John Tsang spent more than HK$19 billion on one-off measures designed to help the economy and the less privileged.Everyone likes handouts, but some people described them as little more than sweeteners or “candies”.At a summit yesterday in the United States, President Barak Obama once again, unsuccessfully, tried to achieve consensus with Republicans on how to improve the nation’s health care system, and lessen the stranglehold that powerful private insurers have on it. The Hong Kong government too is beginning to question whether private insurance companies are willing to provide the help that Hong Kong residents need. Last February, an official government report stated that in 2008, for the first time, HIV/AIDS was China's leading cause of death among infectious diseases. Many of them were infected not by sexual transmission, but by blood donation. And one octogenarian doctor, Gao Yaojie, who says even those official figures underestimate the problem has been forced to live in exile in the United States for her role in publicising the scandal.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2010
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