Subsidise health screenings

The Government has done much to subsidise healthcare costs, especially for the elderly.

However, there are no subsidies for health screenings and, hence, many seniors do not go for them, especially those who already have chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Also, they believe they are likely to end up with more medical complications.

But, as the saying goes, "a stitch in time saves nine". Regular screenings can help detect medical conditions before they turn serious.

Health screenings should be subsidised to encourage preventive medical care, especially for the elderly, many of whom are already burdened with substantial medical costs and can ill afford anything more.

Would the Health Ministry consider subsidising the cost of health screenings, at least for those with chronic medical conditions as a start?

Robin Yiu