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- Pilot Scheme on Providing Special Subsidy for Persons with Permanent Stoma from Low-income Families for Purchasing Medical Consumables

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Pilot Scheme on Providing Special Subsidy for Persons with Permanent Stoma from Low-income Families for Purchasing Medical Consumables

$d Background and Objectives
$d Eligibility
$d Application Procedures
$d Vetting of Applications
$d Payment of Subsidy
$d Responsibilities of the Applicant
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$d Background and Objectives
 

The Community Care Fund (CCF) launches a three-year “Pilot Scheme on Providing Special Subsidy for Persons with Permanent Stoma from Low-income Families for Purchasing Medical Consumables” (“Pilot Scheme”) in September 2017 which aims at providing persons with permanent stoma from low-income families with a special subsidy to relieve their financial burdens. The Pilot Scheme, administered by the Social Welfare Department (SWD), will end in August 2020 the latest.

 
 
$d Eligibility
 
The beneficiaries shall meet all of the criteria from (i) to (v) and either (vi) or (vii) below:
  
  1. they are persons with permanent stoma (excretory stoma) as assessed by a Medical Officer/Nurse of a public hospital/clinic/Surgical Specialist on the Specialist Register of the Medical Council of Hong Kong (MCHK) (applicable only to applicants not receiving surgical treatment in a public hospital/clinic)(Note 1); and
  2. must not be a recipient of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA); and
  3. the monthly household income must not exceed 150% of the relevant Median Monthly Domestic Household Income (MMDHI) (please refer to Annex 1); and
  4. the household asset must not exceed the asset limits for public rental housing application under the Housing Authority (please refer to Annex 2); and
  5. without receiving any relevant subsidy for purchasing medical consumables for the stoma from other funding sources (Note 2);

    and
  6. living in the community, residential care homes or boarding schools; or
  7. being hospitalised but with a concrete discharge plan(Note 3)
   
Note 1: Under the Pilot Scheme, “stoma” refers to colostomy, urostomy and ileostomy, where the patients are required to wear stoma bags to collect wastes from the body. A stoma is regarded as permanent if there is no plan for closure as confirmed by Medical Officer/Nurse of public hospital/clinic/Surgical Specialist on the Specialist Register of the MCHK (applicable only to applicants who have not received surgical treatments in a public hospital/clinic). [A Medical Officer of a public hospital/clinic refers to one in a Specialist Out-patient Clinic (Surgery) under the Hospital Authority (HA), while a nurse of a public hospital/clinic refers to one in a Stoma and Wound Care Clinic under the HA.]
 
Note 2: At the time of application, the applicant must not be receiving CSSA, the Integrated Support Service for Persons with Severe Physical Disabilities or subsidy from such charitable funds as Samaritan Fund, Ho Kam Yung Foundation, Yan Chai Tetraplegic Fund and Yan Chai Caring Fund for Severely Disabled for purchasing medical consumables for excretory stoma.
 
Note 3: The scheduled date of discharge must fall within one month after the date of application.

 

   
$d Application Procedures
   
  • SWD will issue letters (together with application form) by phases for inviting applications from those who may fulfil the eligibility criteria. Eligible persons may also obtain application forms from the CCF Team of SWD, Medical Social Services Units of public hospitals with Specialist Out-patient Clinics (Surgery), Stoma and Wound Care Clinics under the HA, Hong Kong Stoma Association and the two self-help groups of stoma patients of North District Hospital and Tuen Mun Hosptial or Patient Resource Centres and Rehab Shops located at some public hospitals. The application form can also be downloaded here.
  • For applicants who have received excretory stoma treatment and care in a public hospital/clinic, SWD will obtain the information on the assessment of their permanent stoma from the respective public hospital/clinic directly for vetting.
  • Applicants who have received excretory stoma treatment and care only in a private hospital/clinic are required to submit supporting documents for being assessed as a person with permanent stoma by a Surgical Specialist on the Specialist Register of the MCHK (should state the date of the applicant’s eligibility as a person with permanent stoma). The list of Surgical Specialist on the Specialist Register of the MCHK is available at their website (http://www.mchk.org.hk).
  • For applicants who are under the age of 18 or have been medically certified to be unfit to make a statement, their applications should be made by their parent/guardian or their appointee approved by SWD to receive Normal Disability Allowance or Higher Disability Allowance under the Social Security Allowance Scheme on their behalf.
  • The application period for Batch 2 invitation commences from 3 April 2018 to 2 April 2019 (the postmark date will be regarded as the submission date). Applicants are required to submit a completed application form together with the necessary documents set out below by post or by hand to the CCF Team of SWD :
    • a copy of the applicant’s identification document;
    • a copy of the Hong Kong Identity Card of the applicant’s parent/guardian/appointee (applicable only to applicants who are under the age of 18 or have been medically certified to be unfit to make a statement);
    • supporting documents in relation to the medical assessment of the applicant to be a person with permanent stoma by a Surgical Specialist on the Specialist Register of the MCHK (if applicable);
    • a copy of the document of the bank account specified by the applicant/parent/guardian/appointee for receiving subsidy through autopay (must be a local Hong Kong Dollar savings/current account in the sole name of the applicant/parent/guardian/appointee; the name of the account holder and the account number must be clearly shown on the document, which can be a bank statement or the first page of a bankbook, but copy of an Automatic Teller Machine card will not be accepted.)
   
$d Vetting of Applications
   
  • Applications will be processed by SWD on the basis of the information submitted by the applicants. Upon completion of the vetting procedures, SWD will notify the relevant persons of the results in writing and disburse the subsidy to eligible persons. The allowance may be payable to an eligible applicant under the Batch 2 invitation starting from April 2018, or from the month after April 2018 where the applicant is assessed as the person with permanent stoma. The allowance may be made to the applicant from the eligible month to August 2020 the latest.
  • In making an application, the applicant is not required to submit relevant proof of income and asset. SWD will conduct random checks in the course of processing the application or releasing the subsidy payment, and the relevant persons will be required to provide detailed information of their financial position together with relevant documents for verification.
   
   
$d Payment of Subsidy
   
  • Applications under the Pilot Scheme are made on a household basis with specific average monthly income (please refer to Annex 1) and asset limit (please refer to Annex 2) for different household sizes. For the calculation of household income and asset limit, please refer to the Guide on Reporting Income and Net Asset Value at Annex 3.
  • Subject to the eligible person’s household asset value as at the day prior to the submission of application and the monthly household income of the three months prior to the month of submission of application, SWD will determine the rate of subsidy for the whole period (please refer to Annex 1). The amount of subsidy to be granted to eligible persons are set out as follows:
     
    Household income in relation to the relevant MMDHI Grant of Subsidy Monthly subsidy amount
    At or less than 100% Full grant of the subsidy $1,000
    From more than 100% to 125% Three-quarters grant of the subsidy $750
    From more than 125% to 150% Half grant of the subsidy $500
     
  • Upon completion of the vetting of the applicant’s financial position and confirmation of his/her eligibility as a person with permanent stoma by SWD, an eligible person will receive the subsidy on a quarterly basis.
  • SWD will conduct checkings on a regular basis to verify the eligibility of the beneficiaries for the subsidy. Beneficiaries who no longer meet the eligibility criteria (e.g. the beneficiary becoming a CSSA recipient or passed away, etc.) during the period of receiving the subsidy, the payment of subsidy will cease from the calendar month following that in which they become ineligible. New application may be made to SWD if they satisfy the eligibility criteria again before the end of the Pilot Scheme.
   
$d Responsibilities of the Applicant
   
 

Applicant has to read carefully the “Declaration and Undertaking by the Applicant/Parent/Guardian/Appointee” (Part 8) of the application form and signed for confirmation when submitting the application form. Information provided by the applicant must be true and complete. In case of any change of the relevant information, the applicant must notify the CCF Team of SWD as soon as possible. The applicant must provide detailed information for verification when SWD conducts random checks on his/her case. Any amount verified as overpayment will have to be returned.

   
   
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$d Brief and Annexes on Pilot Scheme on Providing Special Subsidy for Persons with Permanent Stoma from Low-income Families for Purchasing Medical Consumables

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