Newspaper article China Post

Copayments May Go Up for Minor Emergency Care

Newspaper article China Post

Copayments May Go Up for Minor Emergency Care

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) is pushing to raise the copayment for patients with minor ailments seeking emergency treatment by NT$100.

Health and Welfare Minister Lin Tzou-yien said the move would reduce the number of patients seeking "unnecessary" treatment.

Lin announced the plans during a speech at the Formosa Medical Association's annual conference.

The minister said patients asking for medical treatment without a doctor's referral would see copayments for outpatient registration rise to NT$420.

Copayments for patients who fall between 3 and 5 - less severe ailments - on the five-level severity index are set to be raised to NT$550 from NT$450.

The NT$450 copayment for emergency treatment between 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. would remain unchanged, Lin said.

The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) will hold a public hearing on Nov. …

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