Former financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah handed out sweets to citizens at an insurer's event in Whampoa Garden yesterday while advocating the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme.
Tsang distributed lollipops to those at the event, and said: "Not everyone can benefit from the government's sweets but all of us can be covered by insurance."
His remarks came after Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po announced the Caring and Sharing Scheme in the budget in February, under which a HK$4,000 cash handout would be given to eligible citizens.
Those aged 18 or above are eligible to receive HK$4,000 if they don't own property or don't benefit from government allowances.
For those given tax breaks, they will get the difference between the concessionary amount and the HK$4,000.
Tsang also spoke about the scheme, saying: "The local public health-care system can hardly fit Hongkongers' demands. Hopefully more citizens will learn about the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme and the burden on public medical services can be eased."