About 660,000 senior citizens will be entitled to HK$250 worth of vouchers to receive health services from private doctors, Chinese medicine practitioners and other medical professionals within a three-year period starting in 2009, the government announced this week.

According to an article in The Standard, Hong Kong residents. aged 70 and over will be given five healthcare vouchers worth HK$50 each from January 1, 2009, Deputy Director of Health Dr Gloria Tam Lai-fan announced.

The scheme will help the elderly access private healthcare sector.

All eligible healthcare personnel, including doctors, Chinese medicine practitioners, chiropractors and physiotherapists are encouraged to register with the scheme.