Online Program

Rethinking Health Systems – Taiwan’s Second Generation NHI

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Honorable Wen-Ta Chiu, MD, PhD, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan, R.O.C., Taipei City 10341, Taiwan
Taiwan's National Health Insurance was implemented in 1995. One of the system's core values is eliminating financial barriers to health care for every citizen by cross-subsidization. The system's major achievements include universal coverage, easy access to medical services, affordable cost and high public satisfaction rates (consistently near 80%).

To attain sustainable financing and advance its goals of expanded care reaching all clients, “second-generation NHI” has been implemented. The reform plan includes supplementary premiums, diversified payment schemes, expanded public information and a mechanism linking revenues and expenditure decisions.

This program proves that a government-run single-payer insurance system can efficiently provide quality health care to everyone, putting the greatest emphasis on the less-advantaged groups. Taiwan continues to develop a comprehensive social safety net and seeks to realize the universal coverage ideal promoted by WHO.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Minister of Health and Welfare.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.