By: Lung Pei-nin and Maubo Chang
Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Taiwan spent more than NT$600 billion (US$25.15 billion) for medical care under its national insurance program in 2014, with dialysis for patients with kidney disease accounting for the biggest share, according to information released Wednesday by the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA).
NHIA official Wang Fu-chung said the country’s hospitals reported more than 615 billion points’ worth of medical services in 2014, with each point receiving NHIA reimbursement of NT$0.9.
In the category of chronic kidney failure, however, each point was rewarded with only NT$0.82 in NHIA funds because the total spending by all hospitals was way in excess of the budget allocated for that type of treatment, Wang said. [FULL STORY]