Doctor and hospital trade accusations over NHI resources

SPAT:Shin-Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital said it was considering taking legal action against Chiang Shou-shan over allegations that he posted on the Web

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 03, 2015
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Following a Facebook post by well-known physician Chiang Shou-shan (江守山) suggesting that Shin-Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital in Taipei is falling apart due to financial problems, the hospital yesterday said that the nephrologist had been fired for misuse of National Health Insurance (NHI) resources.

Chiang is a well-known writer, public speaker and television guest, and is the owner of several health and food-safety-related businesses.

In the Facebook post, Chiang wrote that the hospital is nearing collapse because the enterprise that runs it had lost NT$5.5 billion (US$168.1 million) on stock investments, and had sought to increase its income by having doctors persuade patients to accept treatments not covered by the NHI system and replace imported drugs with medicines supplied by domestic companies that are willing to pay the price difference.

The doctor added that to allow the hospital to earn more money, outpatients were limited to receiving a maximum of nine types of drugs per visit, even if they have complications from various diseases.     [FULL  STORY]

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