Articles: Healthcare

Hong Kong's not-so-free economy
The US-based Heritage Foundation has, as always, ranked HK as the freest economy in the World. For once, the Government doesn't accuse foreign forces of interfering in HK's internal affairs. But this rosy view is not held by those who take the time to study the domestic economy. Here are a few things that Heritage may have overlooked. (4-Feb-2018)
Submission to Public Engagement Exercise on Retirement Protection
We call for abolition of non-means-tested schemes, staggered subsidies for public healthcare and a deployment of the savings on a higher socal safety net and better healthcare. HK can't pursue a universal handout without breaching the Basic Law, and even if it could, the Laffer Curve may make it unsustainable as taxable profits and earnings would shift away. Finally, the MPF is a costly interventionist failure that should be scrapped, and if it is not, then LSP must be phased out to allow full portability of MPF assets. (21-Jun-2016)
Last batch of defendants sentenced for sick leave fraud
ICAC, 25-Aug-2015
Mr Cheung Siu Fai wins the frequent-liar prize for obtaining the largest number of false sick leave certificates from the Chinese Medicine Practitioner Chan Tung, with 193 of them.
The alternative Budget Speech, 2013: Prosperity through Reform
Webb-site reveals the Hong Kong Budget Speech which should be delivered next Wednesday. (22-Feb-2013)
Hospital fee revisions for non-eligible persons
HK Government, 26-Nov-2012
The SCMP article on 15-Dec "Hospital fee rise for non-permanent HKers" is wrong - Eligible Persons includes all residents with ID cards, including non-permanent residents.
Webb on "Backchat" re healthcare financing
RTHK, 18-Feb-2010
Healthcare reform in HK
We respond to the HK Government's healthcare reform proposals, focussing on financial aspects. We take you through the issues and our recommended solution, a restructuring of the subsidy to incentivise self-reliance but to cap everyone's annual fees, leaving the Government to cover individual catastrophe risk. With our structural budget surplus and trillion-dollar reserves, there is no need for mandatory insurance or more forced savings, which are just a favour to the banking and insurance sectors, as the MPF scheme was. (13-Jun-2008)

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