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Article: Viability of the health protection account in Hong Kong.

TitleViability of the health protection account in Hong Kong.
Authors
KeywordsDelivery of health care
Health care costs
Health expenditures
Hong Kong
Issue Date2002
PublisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org/resources/supp.html
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal = Xianggang Yi Xue Za Zhi / Hong Kong Academy Of Medicine, 2002, v. 8 n. 4, p. 262-268 How to Cite?
香港醫學雜誌, 2002, v. 8 n. 4, p. 262-268 How to Cite?
AbstractOBJECTIVE: To evaluate the viability of the Health Protection Account proposed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: The Hospital Authority of Hong Kong. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were obtained from hospital and specialist out-patient clinic admissions. The expected health cost for each patient from the age of 65 years to the average age of life expectancy (83 years) was estimated, as was the contribution to these health costs from the Health Protection Account. RESULTS: If individuals contribute 1% of their salary to the Health Protection Account from age 40 to 65 years, the Account can only cover 4% of the actual health costs. CONCLUSION: The Health Protection Account, as proposed, does not ease the financial burden of increasing health care costs in the elderly. Increasing the contribution rate or reducing the age at which contributions to the scheme are started are possible viable options for making the scheme sustainable. However, the current economic situation is such that the public would not favour either of these alternatives. It is envisaged that the Government will need to continue to finance the health care of its citizens by taxation. A gradual increase in user charges might be the only future option for controlling government health expenditure.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87801
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.887
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.279

 

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dc.contributor.authorLaw, CKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSen_HK
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dc.date.issued2002en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal = Xianggang Yi Xue Za Zhi / Hong Kong Academy Of Medicine, 2002, v. 8 n. 4, p. 262-268en_HK
dc.identifier.citation香港醫學雜誌, 2002, v. 8 n. 4, p. 262-268-
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dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: To evaluate the viability of the Health Protection Account proposed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: The Hospital Authority of Hong Kong. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were obtained from hospital and specialist out-patient clinic admissions. The expected health cost for each patient from the age of 65 years to the average age of life expectancy (83 years) was estimated, as was the contribution to these health costs from the Health Protection Account. RESULTS: If individuals contribute 1% of their salary to the Health Protection Account from age 40 to 65 years, the Account can only cover 4% of the actual health costs. CONCLUSION: The Health Protection Account, as proposed, does not ease the financial burden of increasing health care costs in the elderly. Increasing the contribution rate or reducing the age at which contributions to the scheme are started are possible viable options for making the scheme sustainable. However, the current economic situation is such that the public would not favour either of these alternatives. It is envisaged that the Government will need to continue to finance the health care of its citizens by taxation. A gradual increase in user charges might be the only future option for controlling government health expenditure.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org/resources/supp.htmlen_HK
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dc.rightsHong Kong Medical Journal. Copyright © Hong Kong Medical Association.en_HK
dc.subjectDelivery of health care-
dc.subjectHealth care costs-
dc.subjectHealth expenditures-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.titleViability of the health protection account in Hong Kong.en_HK
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