Domestic workers relax in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. Photo: HK Government

A Hong Kong legislative councillor is set to propose that the government introduce mandatory medical insurance for foreign domestic workers.

Pan-democrat lawmaker Kenneth Leung shared the news during a forum with Filipino workers at the Philippine Consulate General on March 24, reported.

Lawmaker Fernando Cheung is set to table the proposal at the next meeting of the Legislative Council’s manpower panel set for April 16, Leung said.

The proposal will have two components: the first is compulsory medical insurance for foreign domestic workers and the second is to treat domestic workers as local residents when accessing medical services.

Hong Kong employers are currently required to get “employees compensation insurance” but medical insurance is optional.

Leung made the statement after a Filipino domestic worker, Baby Jane Allas, was fired after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Leung said that as long as a foreign domestic worker is legally staying in Hong Kong, she should “be regarded as a local” and enjoy the same health benefits in government hospitals or medical centers.

Leung said many councillors were concerned about protecting the rights of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong.

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