The government has ruled out making it mandatory for companies taking part in the future voluntary health insurance scheme to cover Chinese medicine as a treatment option.
Head of the Healthcare Planning and Development Office at the Food and Health Bureau, Chris Sun, said on Sunday that the government would encourage the insurance sector to recognise the increasingly popular practice, but they could not be compelled to do so.
Speaking after taking part in RTHK’s “City Forum”, Sun also said the government would restart discussions on adding a requirement for insurers to cover people deemed to be “high-risk”.
Critics say without the high-risk coverage, the voluntary scheme will not be attractive for many people.
Authorities are expected to consult the public on the proposed changes in the near future.