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Refund for public hospital patients who opt out of treatment to begin

08 February 2024

 

Public hospitals are expected to fill up because of the cold snap (File)

Starting tomorrow, people who decide to get out of long queues for treatment at public hospitals and had already paid, will be given their money back under a 10-day trial scheme.

"We are targeting those who go to accident and emergency departments unaware of the long waiting times," Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau said on Tuesday.

Buksan ang mga tip

He added the scheme is for people classified as non-urgent cases but still face a long wait to see a doctor. If they decide not to wait, they could get a refund of the $180 they had already paid.

Lo said the trial is meant to see whether offering a refund for people with minor ailments will help decongest the A&Es, especially over the long lunar new year holiday.

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Doctors specializing in geriatrics will be on hand at the casualty departments during the four-day holiday, with the number of elderly patients turning up because of the cold snap expected to rise.

Also because of this, 18 public clinics across the city will stay open over the holiday period, when temperatures are expected to dip to around 11 degrees.

PINDUTIN ITO

Up to 8,000 people are expected to be seen at the clinics during the four-day holiday.

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