By Lecturer in Geography David R Phillips, Alfred C M Chan
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The Hong Kong SAR government is also going through a learning process in attempting to meet these needs through policy formulation and implementation.
For example, what could be more obvious than a direct cash subsidy for families to take care of their elderly members in need? Furthermore, the increase in the elderly population (in percentage and numerical terms) itself warrants a substantial reallocation of resources, yet few extra resources have been devoted in anticipation of the impact of an ageing society. The lack of integration and coordination. Coordination and integration of service policies have rarely been seriously discussed within or between departments.
Problems in policy and in service delivery On paper, Hong Kong clearly offers a wide range of services for older persons, but these services are neither comprehensive nor integrated in their actual operation. The main problems noted in 1996 by the Hong Kong Association of Gerontology (1996), which are largely still valid, are: A lack of vision of the role of older persons in society, and the limitations in definition of service targets. Elderly people are seen as a burden to society, with evidence of policy “moral panic”.
Ageing and Long-Term Care: National Policies in the Asia-Pacific (Social Issues in Southeast Asia) by Lecturer in Geography David R Phillips, Alfred C M Chan