Tax Deduction for Private Medical
101. Some Members have suggested
that the Government should provide a tax deduction for
contributions to private medical insurance schemes, so
as to encourage people to take out such insurance and
reduce their reliance on public health care services,
and to promote the development of private services.
Providing a tax deduction is only one of many
ways of encouraging people to join private medical
insurance schemes. To
reduce people's reliance on public health care
services, we need to adopt a holistic approach and take
into account other, complementary measures.
The Health, Welfare and Food Bureau will
undertake studies on the financing and sustainability of
our public health care services within the next two and
a half years. In
examining the overall financing options, we will
consider any related tax arrangements.