Hong Kong Med J 2008;14(Suppl 3):S17-9
The health benefits of reduced air pollution: value and trade-offs
SM McGhee, R Yeung, LC Wong, J Chau, CM Wong, LM Ho, R Fielding
Department of Community Medicine, 5/F, William MW Mong Block, Faculty of Medicine Building, The University of Hong Kong, 21 Sassoon Road, Hong Kong
1. The majority of respondents considered that air pollution was affecting their health and were willing to pay to avoid respiratory symptoms and more serious illness.
2. Willingness-to-pay values yielded a range of $139 to $235 to avoid a day of respiratory symptoms and $4089 to $4855 to avoid an episode of serious cardiorespiratory disease.
3. Based on the data collected in 2001, a life in Hong Kong can be valued at least as high as HK$10 million.