Created on 2017-05-05
The Government consulted the public on the review of the Fare Adjustment Mechanism (FAM) of the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) during the period from May 20 to August 19 2016. The Government announced the views received during the consultation period on October 27.
Created on 2017-01-18
The Government completed a three-month public engagement exercise for the "Electronic Road Pricing Pilot Scheme in Central and its Adjacent Areas" on March 18, 2016, and a total of 515 submissions were received. During the public engagement exercise the Transport and Housing Bureau and Transport Department also organised and participated in 20 events and meetings, including a District Council forum, focus group meetings, thematic seminars and other meetings. In addition, the Secretary for Transport and Housing and the Under Secretary for Transport and Housing separately attended two meetings of the Legislative Council (LegCo) Panel on Transport to listen to the views of LegCo members. The Government has collated the views received and compiled the public engagement report, which was uploaded on January 17.
Created on 2017-01-10
The Government released the Consultation Report on the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS) in January 9, which summarises the consultation outcomes and maps out the way forward. The Government will implement the VHIS through a non-legislative framework, and that the Minimum Requirements and related proposals will be refined.
A spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau (FHB) said, "As revealed by the consultation outcomes, there was broad support for the concept and policy objectives of the VHIS in general. Many considered it a positive step towards redressing the balance of the public-private healthcare sectors. Many also concurred that the proposed Minimum Requirements approach will help ensure that those who have taken out such insurance can make use of the protection when they require medical diagnosis and treatment."
The Government, in its public consultation, proposed that insurers selling and/or effecting individual hospital insurance would be required to comply with a set of Minimum Requirements prescribed by the Government. The Minimum Requirements are introduced to improve the accessibility and continuity of individual hospital insurance, enhance the quality and promote the transparency and certainty of insurance protection.
"There was support for most of the Minimum Requirements, including guaranteed renewal, no 'lifetime benefit limit', coverage of hospitalisation and prescribed ambulatory procedures, coverage of prescribed advanced diagnostic imaging tests and non-surgical cancer treatments, budget certainty, standardised policy terms and conditions, premium transparency, minimum benefit limits, cost-sharing restrictions and coverage of pre-existing conditions.
"As regards the proposals of guaranteed acceptance with premium loading cap and portable insurance policy, some respondents noted that they would have to be underpinned by a High Risk Pool (HRP) to be established with injection of public funding to enable high-risk individuals to purchase private hospital insurance. Some respondents questioned the concept of using public money to help such high-risk individuals to purchase private hospital insurance, and the financial sustainability of the proposed HRP in general," the spokesman said.
In response to feedback collected during the Public Consultation, the Government will refine the Minimum Requirements and related proposals. Notably, given the public's diverse views on the proposed establishment of the HRP, the two Minimum Requirements of "guaranteed acceptance" and "portable insurance policy" would be dealt with at a later stage together with the HRP.
The Government will also implement the VHIS through a non-legislative framework, which has the merits of reducing the unintended impact of a brand new regulatory regime on the insurance industry, whilst benefiting the public with enhanced protection as soon as possible.
The spokesman added, "FHB will issue and update a set of VHIS practice guidelines, based on the proposed Minimum Requirements, in consultation with relevant stakeholders. Moreover, the independent Insurance Authority will be invited to issue a Guidance Note to provide guidance on various aspects of underwriting individual hospital insurance business, under which insurers would be recommended to comply with the VHIS practice guidelines to be issued by FHB.
"FHB will establish a VHIS Office to certify those products that are VHIS-compliant, which would be eligible for tax deduction. We aim to finalise the VHIS practice guidelines and details of the tax deduction arrangement in 2018."
The Government conducted a public consultation on VHIS from December 15, 2014, to April 16, 2015. A total of 600 written submissions, comprising 478 from individuals and 122 from organisations, were received during the consultation period. The Consultation Report on VHIS can be downloaded from the VHIS website, and will be available for collection at district offices from January 16 onwards.
Created on 2016-12-01
Biological resources provide for our daily needs, such as clothing, food, shelter, fuel and medicine, etc.. However, due to the current over-consumption pattern, many of the biological resources that we come across are now under the risk of depletion and exhaustion. If the rate of harvesting and consumption is greater than the reproduction rate, more and more species, habitats and resources will disappear more quickly than we can imagine!
The Council for Sustainable Development carried out a public engagement on promotion of sustainable consumption of biological resources and invited public views on three major aspects:
- How to facilitate smart choices for consumers?
- How to promote best practices among businesses and the public sector?
- What kinds of education and publicity activities should be pursued?
The public engagement document, online views collection form and details about the engagement events are available at the Council's dedicated website.
Created on 2016-11-29
The Steering Committee on Mediation published the "Enactment of Apology Legislation in Hong Kong: Final Report and Recommendations" (the Final Report) on November 28. It sets out the responses received during the second round public consultation conducted from February to April 2016, the Steering Committee's comments on those responses, its final recommendations and the latest draft Apology Bill.
Created on 2016-05-31
The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, has announced on January 13 a broad range of initiatives in the 2016 Policy Address – Innovate for the Economy, Improve Livelihood, Foster Harmony, Share Prosperity – to develop the economy, support innovation and technology, enhance education and improve health care. You may click the following link for more information on the 2016 Policy Address:
Created on 2016-03-25
The Government published the Consultation Report on Enhancement of Voter Registration System on January 21, setting out the views received during the consultation exercise and the Government's position on the proposed measures after considering the views received.
A spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB) said, "The views received are in general supportive of the measures proposed in the Consultation Document on Enhancement of Voter Registration System. We will work with the Registration and Electoral Office (REO), the Department of Justice and relevant government departments to follow them up."
Created on 2015-10-13
The Government and the Construction Industry Council conducted a survey in 2011 on payment practices in the construction industry. The result revealed that contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and material suppliers were subject to payment disputes from time to time causing serious concerns. The Government and industry stakeholders thereafter set up a working group which, after thorough studies and reference to overseas practices, recommended legislation on security of payment in the industry.
To promote fair payment in the industry, the proposed security of payment legislation will seek to ensure that service providers can receive timely payment when their work is completed. The ordinance will also introduce an adjudication system to speed up the settlement of disputes. The ordinance will cover all construction works for the Government and specified public bodies, as well as new private building works over $5 million (except renovation, maintenance and repair works). The legislative framework of the ordinance is as follows:
● "Pay when paid" and similar clauses will be rendered unenforceable;
● Contracting parties have the right to adjudication in the event of non-payment or in respect of disputes over payment and/or the construction period;
● A contract party that has not been paid approved amounts or amounts decided by the adjudicator has the statutory right to suspend works; and
● Disputes may still be referred to the court or arbitration pursuant to the contract if a contract party is not satisfied with the adjudicator's decision.
You may click the following links to view the consultation document on the “Proposed Security of Payment Legislation for the Construction Industry” and other information:–
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