Cross-Border Medical Services for Hong Kong’s Older Adults in Mainland China: The Implications of COVID-19 for the Future of Telemedicine

Genghua HUANG, Yin MA, Zhaiwen PENG*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Cross-border services and support are becoming an increasingly important part of Hong Kong’s social policy because an increasing number of its older citizens are choosing to live in mainland China. Unfortunately, with the recent outbreak of COVID-19, medical services for cross-border older adults have been blocked due to strict immigration controls. This article examines the effects of COVID-19 on these older adults, with a specific focus on the interruption of medical services and the remedial measures taken by the government and non-governmental organizations. It also discusses the prospect of delivering care for cross-border older people using telemedicine, which is considered one of the most important methods for overcoming space-distance and reducing the risk of cross-contamination caused by close contact.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-521
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Aging & Social Policy
Volume33
Issue number4-5
Early online date26 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Lingnan University Innovation and Impact Fund (IIF) (Project Number: KT19A6).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • Cross-border care
  • medical services
  • Hong Kong
  • mainland China
  • COVID-19

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