Should Cash Subsidy Be Offered to Family Caregivers for the Elderly? The Case of Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-113
Number of pages13
Journal / PublicationJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Issue number1
Online published13 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023



Hong Kong’s Covid-19 epidemic circumstances have given us a valuable opportunity to reflect on Hong Kong’s elderly care policies. This essay argues that Hong Kong should learn from the West and provide a subsidy to family caregivers for proper elderly care. We rebut the social and moralistic reasons for not introducing such a subsidy in Hong Kong. We indicate that providing cash subsidy to family caregivers does not monetize or tarnish Confucian filial obligation to take care of elderly people, but enable adult children from low-income families to undertake this obligation effectively. In addition, we contend that providing such a subsidy would not significantly affect the job market in Hong Kong and that incurred financial and manpower costs for monitoring family care are controllable.

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Research Area(s)

  • Confucianism, Elderly care, Family care, Institutional care, Subsidy for family caregivers

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