Editorial : Misshapen health insurance scheme

【明報專訊】THE GOVERNMENT has announced the details of the voluntary health insurance scheme (VHIS), but citizens are very doubtful that it will give them adequate health care protection. The Budget measure of providing a tax deduction is unlikely to make it markedly more appealing. It took as long as ten years to make preparations for the VHIS. It is supposedly designed to alleviate the imbalance between the public and private health care sectors so as thereby to reduce the pressure on public hospitals. However, because the government has repeatedly made concessions to the insurance industry, the VHIS has gone very much out of shape and become what is like "chicken ribs".