NHI to Cancel Insurance for Physical Therapy Treatment

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The National Health Insurance Administration (NHI) said yesterday that it is planning to cut insurance payments for long-term and high-frequency physical therapy treatments in order to prevent improper waste of medical resources within the health care system.

In addition, the NHI will also strengthen the censorship for costly medical examinations such as computer tomography (CT) and nuclear magnetic resonance computer tomography (NMR-CT).

The NHI pointed out that about 1.5 million CT scans take place each year, costing around NT$3,800 each. Meanwhile, an NMR-CT can cost even more, with the NHI spending between NT$6,500 and NT$15,100 for each.

In order to solve the problem of medical resource waste, the NHI proposed a raise in the National Health Insurance fee last year, allowing patients to pay part of their medical bills. However, this proposal was not approved. Therefore, the NHI came up with new policy to control the waste of medical resources.

The new policy will enhance the control of high resource consumption medical therapies such as long-term physical therapy treatment, radiation therapy and shock wave lithotripsy.

According to the NHI, the new policy will not make payments to hospitals that undertake more physical therapy treatments than clinical cases. In addition, the NHI will cancel payments for a case if a patient has been continuously treated in one hospital too frequently. …