By: Sophia Yeh, Chen Wei-ing , Hsu Chi-wei and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Chinese students studying in Taiwan will be covered in the National Health Insurance system in line with overseas Chinese and foreign students, according to an agreement reached at a policy coordination meeting held Monday.
In the meeting presided over by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the participants reached an agreement that the legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party will move to revise the National Health Insurance Act along the following principles.
First, based on humanitarian consideration and human rights values, the treatment of Chinese students should be in line with that of foreign and overseas Chinese students by including them into the National Health Insurance system.
Second, due to limited government resources, and the fairness of social insurance, foreign, overseas Chinese and Chinese students should pay the full amount of health insurance premiums themselves. But the rights of those overseas Chinese and foreign students who have come to Taiwan before the law is amended will not be affected. [FULL STORY]