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Taiwan vows not to raise health insurance costs for citizens

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Release time:2024/05/22 17:10
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Taiwan vows not to raise health insurance costs for citizens (TVBS News) Taiwan vows not to raise health insurance costs for citizens
Taiwan vows not to raise health insurance costs for citizens (TVBS News)

TAIPEI (TVBS News) — Amid discussions on whether to raise the supplementary premium for Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI), Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Ching-yi (林靜儀) on Wednesday (May 22) emphasized the government's commitment to not increasing the financial burden on citizens. Lin stated that the government would seek to shoulder its responsibilities through public budget allocations before considering any adjustments to the NHI's financial structure.

Balancing Act in Health Reform

 

Lin addressed the amendment proposed by lawmakers from the Kuomintang (KMT) to Article 62 of the National Health Insurance Act, which aims to ensure a minimum value of NT$1 per NHI point. She acknowledged the NHI's limited resources but praised Taiwan's high medical standards. Lin also highlighted the need to review reasonable compensation for the medical industry.

Future Challenges and Financial Strains

The deputy minister also pointed out that safeguarding the NHI point value is part of the health reform, but it alone will not solve all problems. With a declining labor force and reduced premium income, the NHI faces increasing pressure. When asked about raising the supplementary premium, Lin admitted financial challenges in achieving a point value of NT$1.1. She reassured that any discussions on increasing financial burdens would focus on higher-income individuals first, aiming to minimize the impact on the general populace.
 

Lin's statements reflect a cautious approach to NHI reform, balancing the need for financial sustainability with the goal of maintaining high-quality healthcare without overburdening citizens.

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#Taiwan health insurance# NHI reform# healthcare policy# medical standards Taiwan# supplementary premium# financial sustainability healthcare# public budget healthcare# Taiwan National Health Insurance challenges# raising healthcare financial burden
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