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Poverty in the Midst of AffluenceHow Hong Kong Mismanaged Its Prosperity$
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Leo F. Goodstadt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208210

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208210.001.0001

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Social Reforms: The New Poverty

Social Reforms: The New Poverty

(p.139) 5 Social Reforms: The New Poverty
Poverty in the Midst of Affluence

Leo F. Goodstadt

Hong Kong University Press

The chapter reviews a catalogue of policy decisions which aggravated rather than relieved the physical and mental distress of those least able to care for themselves. In both the health and the welfare fields, individuals and their families, suffered from mistreatment that ranged from uncaring to callous. The government-business nexus was convinced that social expenditure was a luxury that threatened even the world’s richest economies with ruin and which Hong Kong could not afford. Nevertheless, the poverty created by Hong Kong’s Third World legacy and the current shortfalls in social expenditure could not be dismissed indefinitely.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Poverty, Social welfare, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, Healthcare, Education, Housing, Government policy, Legislation, Social inequality

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