Date
29 March 2017
Regina Ching Cheuk-tuen (second from right) is shown with other officials at the launch of the colon cancer screening subsidy program. Photo: HK government
Regina Ching Cheuk-tuen (second from right) is shown with other officials at the launch of the colon cancer screening subsidy program. Photo: HK government

Govt launches subsidy program for colon cancer tests

Elderly people will receive subsidized screening tests for colon cancer, the most common type of cancer in Hong Kong.

More than 190,000 people between 68 and 70 will immediately benefit from the pilot program which starts in September, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The government expects up to 300,000 people to undergo subsidized screening during its three-year run.

Colon cancer was the most common type of cancer in Hong Kong in 2013, the latest year for which data is available, and was the second leading cause of death in 2014 after lung cancer.

Eligible seniors can enroll in the program through private clinics.

They will receive a HK$280 (US$36) subsidy for fecal tests and up to HK$8,500 for colonoscopy, Dr. Regina Ching Cheuk-tuen of the Center for Health Protection, said.

Patients will pay no more than HK$1,000 if colonoscopy fees exceed the subsidy.

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