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[Medical insurance; ESF subsidies under threat ; Developing Nam Sang Wai] (15 Jul 2011)

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Many people seem to be getting sick at the moment. The weather isn’t helping. Hopefully it’s mainly minor illnesses. For more serious problems the government is proposing to set up a private medical scheme by 2015. It plans to set aside $50 billion to subsidise medical insurance plans. Some worry that rather than taking care of the poor, the disadvantaged and high-risk patients much of the money will end up in the pockets of private insurers and medical services.With us in the studio are Dr Tse Hung-hing of the Health & Medical Development Advisory Committee and Dr George Cautherley of the Health Care Policy Forum. The ESF, or English Schools Foundation currently operates nine primary schools, five secondary schools and one special school in Hong Kong. It was established in 1967 under the English Schools Foundation Ordinance. Unlike other international schools, the ESF has been receiving subvention from the Hong Kong Government. But that is under threat.Thanks to the fact that vast swathes of Hong Kong’s green areas are on hills it’s difficult to build on, Hong Kong has a reasonable acreage of natural space. But some of the most important areas are under constant threat from developers. And one is the wetlands at Nam Sang Wai.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, July 15, 2011
Station: 
RTHK
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