VHIS is an individual indemnity hospital insurance scheme implemented by the Food and Health Bureau of HKSAR to provide an additional choice of health care services to the public through hospital insurance. Participation of the scheme is voluntary. Tax deduction is eligible for consumers who purchase VHIS plans.

VHIS covers insurance products that provide hospital insurance protection of indemnity nature bought by individuals for themselves and their families. It will reimburse the actual expenses for various healthcare services.

There are two types of plans for selection under VHIS – Standard Plan and Flexi Plan. Standard Plan provides standardized basic protection according to the minimum requirements set by the Government. Flexi Plan provides enhanced protection such as better benefit limits and coverage.

TaxVantage Medical Plan is a Standard Plan while TaxVantage Plus Medical Plan is a Flexi Plan under the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS) implemented by the Food and Health Bureau. The coverage under the VHIS Standard Plan includes basic protection; while the Flexi Plan provides enhanced protection, e.g. higher benefit amount, extra medical coverage and a variety of product choices. Details are as follows:

TaxVantage Medical Plan

(Standard Plan)

TaxVantage Plus Medical Plan

(Flexi Plan)

Guaranteed renewals for life

No lifetime benefit limit

All benefits applicable worldwide

(except for psychiatric treatment)

(except for renal dialysis performed as a Day Patient and psychiatric treatment)

No restriction to the choice of healthcare service provider & ward class

Covers the following medical benefit items:

  • Hospitalization and surgery fees

  • Day case procedure

  • Outpatient care for pre- and post-Confinement / Day case procedure

  • Prescribed diagnostic imaging tests

  • Non-surgical cancer treatments

  • Psychiatric treatment

  • Lump sum benefit against medical negligence

  • Home nursing

  • Renal dialysis

  • Additional benefit for accident

Coverage of unknown pre-existing conditions

(with waiting period)

(without waiting period)

Tax deductible

Free estimation of the claimable amount for potential treatment/procedure

No claim premium discount

Choice of plan level

Optional extra major medical benefit

Optional Supplementary Benefits (Non-tax deductible)

Optional supplementary benefits

  • Extra Cancer Benefit
  • Hospital Income Benefit

Please refer to the product brochures for further details and exclusions of the above features.

Yes. Any such change would take effect on the Policy Anniversary Date. You should raise such a request well before the Policy Anniversary Date.

If you have signed up for a Standard Plan policy, the Company will offer the Standard Plan for renewal on the Policy Anniversary Date by default. You are also allowed to choose our Flexi Plan as an additional option for renewal. However, any upgrade of benefit to Flexi Plan requires your application to go through the underwriting process.

On the other hand, if you have signed up for a Flexi Plan policy, the Company will offer the same plan level of Flexi Plan for renewal on the Policy Anniversary Date by default. If you are not willing to accept the Flexi Plan offered for renewal you are allowed to choose our Standard Plan as the fall-back renewal option. You should raise any such request well before the renewal date.

Premiums paid by a Hong Kong citizen for himself/herself and his/her specified dependant(s) for TaxVantage Plus Medical Plan and/or TaxVantage Medical Plan on or after April 1, 2019 are qualified for a tax deduction. Premiums paid can be claimed for tax deduction up to HK$8,000 per Insured Person per year. For details of the tax deduction arrangement and illustrative examples, please refer to the website of the Food and Health Bureau at https://www.vhis.gov.hk/en/consumer_corner/tax-deduction.html and the website of the Inland Revenue Department.

No. You should claim tax deduction in respect of the premiums paid in that year of assessment.

Since you paid the qualifying premium on March 1, 2020 (i.e. in the 2019/2020 assessment year) instead of in the 2020/2021 assessment year, you may claim the tax deduction for the 2019/2020 assessment year. To be eligible for tax deduction claim under 2020/2021 tax assessment year, the premium must be paid on or after April 1, 2020.

The detailed interpretation of the VHIS qualifying premium can be found in the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112). According to the Inland Revenue Ordinance, the net premium for VHIS in every year of tax assessment paid by the policyholder, i.e., excluding the premium for supplementary benefits, levy and premium discount, will be treated as qualifying premium. Proof of Premium Payment will then be issued for the purposes of tax deduction.

Customers may make enquiries and lodge complaints directly with us via our customer service hotline at 2533 5555, or through the following channels:

(a) Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS), Office of Food and Health Bureau (for issues specific to the VHIS, including product availability, features of Certified Plans and compliance with the Code of Practice for Insurance Companies under the Ambit of the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme);

(b) Insurance Authority (for issues concerning the general conduct of insurance companies and intermediaries); and

(c) Inland Revenue Department (for issues concerning claims for tax deduction).

Before a dispute is referred to a Hong Kong court, customers may use alternative means of dispute resolution, including but not limited to mediation and adjudication through the Insurance Complaints Bureau, or other means of mediation and arbitration as mutually agreed between Policy Holders and Companies.

About Migration

YF Life already conducted a one-off migration arrangement for customers from Apr 1, 2019 to Nov 30, 2020.

Individual Indemnity Hospital Insurance Plan (“IHIP”) policies effective before the implementation of the VHIS (April 1, 2019) were eligible for migration.

The following FAQ are the details of that specific migration: 

Migration was subject to underwriting factors including insurable interest, health risk, occupational risk, residential risk and lifestyle. Material facts and information on consumers for underwriting purposes include client’s family history, physical history, physical findings, occupation details, place of residence and relationship between Insured and Policy Holder or/and Beneficiary.

Upon successful migration to the VHIS Certified Plan, the existing IHIP coverage was terminated.

Any benefit exclusions and/or extra premium rate(s), if applicable, under the existing IHIP policy, were applied to the VHIS Certified Plan after migration.

For Migration from a Hospital & Surgical Plus policy to a TaxVantage Plus Medical Plan (Flexi Plan) policy, the period for which all the requirements for entitlement of No Claim Bonus have been met under the existing Hospital & Surgical Plus policy will be brought forward to the TaxVantage Plus Medical Plan policy for the purpose of calculating no claim premium discount. Any outstanding No Claim Bonus due to the termination of the Hospital & Surgical Plus policy, if any, will be forfeited according to the terms and conditions of No Claim Bonus of the Hospital & Surgical Plus policy.

VHIS Certified plans cover unknown pre-existing condition, i.e. a health condition has existed but the Insured are unaware of its existence on the effective date. Eligible expenses will be paid in accordance with the terms and conditions as listed in the policy provisions.  

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