Budget Speech

Strengthening the Healthcare System

Fight the Epidemic

38. Currently, the most pressing tasks for the Government are to control the epidemic and stabilise our economy.  On epidemic prevention and control, the Government is proactively sourcing anti-epidemic supplies worldwide, while subsidising and facilitating local production of these supplies to meet part of the demand.  The Anti-epidemic Fund will help strengthen such efforts.  I will also provide sufficient financial support for the Hospital Authority (HA) and the Department of Health (DH) in combating the epidemic.

39. We should plan ahead to enhance the capability of our healthcare system in preventing and treating infectious diseases, such as building additional medical and quarantine facilities, increasing our stock of medical supplies as well as strengthening scientific research on infectious disease prevention and control, pathology and medication.  At the same time, we should also pay more attention to environmental hygiene so as to reduce the risk of infectious diseases spreading in the community.  I will provide resource support on this front.



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