Date
16 October 2018
The elderly feel that their medical needs are not adequately met by the public health care system. Photo: HKEJ
The elderly feel that their medical needs are not adequately met by the public health care system. Photo: HKEJ

Groups propose ‘one estate, one nurse’ for the elderly

The Society for Community Organization and the Elderly Rights League proposed seven initiatives to enhance elderly health care, including providing a nurse for each residential estate in the city.

The proposals were based on consultations with elderly citizens regarding the difficulties they encounter in meeting their health care needs.

The two social service organizations also called for elderly dental service, basic health assessment for people aged over 60, improved clinic booking system, increase in the number of night and 24-hour clinics, one-stop case managers for the elderly, and a department focusing on primary health care services.

Chui Tak-yi, the Undersecretary for Food and Health, supported the “one estate, one nurse” proposal. 

But he also said district health centers will provide subsidized health checks and one-stop health management services for the elderly in the future.

Lam Ching-choi, chairman of the Elderly Commission, said the coverage of the public health care service is limited.

To provide better service, more work has to be done to improve inter-agency coordination, Lam said.

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