Health chief visits GZ, Dongguan

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau today led a delegation on a two-day visit to Guangzhou and Dongguan to meet Mainland health officials to deepen exchanges and co-operation between Hong Kong and Mainland cities in the Greater Bay Area.

 

The delegation today first met Guangdong Health Commission Deputy Director General Huang Fei to discuss a number of cross-boundary healthcare services, including the Elderly Health Care Voucher Greater Bay Area Pilot Scheme and a direct cross-boundary ambulance service.

 

Prof Lo thanked the commission for its valuable advice in the process of pressing ahead with the pilot scheme, adding that the Department of Health is working with various pilot medical institutions on follow-up arrangements such as reimbursement for claims for Elderly Health Care Vouchers and system configurations.

 

The health chief pointed out that in terms of healthcare development, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has all along been reinforcing co-operation with various bay area cities to optimise the policy initiatives for providing more convenience for Hong Kong citizens under the principles of complementarity and mutual benefits and on the premise that the development of the Mainland healthcare system will be benefited without comprising the development of Hong Kong's local healthcare service.

 

As for the provision of a direct cross-boundary ambulance service, Prof Lo said the discussions between the Health Bureau and relevant parties in Shenzhen and Macau are making good progress, and he hoped the service could be launched as soon as possible to enable direct point-to-point hospital transfer of inpatients with appropriate medical conditions.

 

The delegation then visited Sun Yat-sen University’s Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center and its First Affiliated Hospital.

 

Last month, the First Affiliated Hospital was included by the Health Bureau as one of the pilot medical institutions under the pilot scheme. Hong Kong seniors eligible for the Elderly Health Care Voucher will be able to use the voucher to pay for outpatient healthcare services they receive at the hospital’s designated medical centres or medical service departments later this year.

 

At a meeting with hospital President Prof Xiao Haipeng, Prof Lo witnessed the signing of a co-operation agreement between the hospital and the Hospital Authority on enhancing training and exchanges of healthcare professionals.

 

During Prof’s Lo’s absence, Under Secretary for Health Dr Libby Lee will be Acting Secretary.


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