Gov’t mulls mechanism to phase out transplant hospitals: report

The China Post
Date: June 17, 2016
By: The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The government is considering a mechanism to phase out some of the 26 organ transplantation hospitals in Taiwan that have undertaken few transplant operations, a local news report said on Tuesday.

The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) has sent the conclusion of a meeting on a phase-out mechanism to the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), according to the report by the United Evening News. The MHW will announce its decision within a month at the earliest, the UEN said.

Lee Po-Chang (李伯璋), chief of the NHIA and chairman of Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center, was quoted by the UEN as saying that the preliminary mechanism includes a system that red flags transplantation hospitals that conduct less than one heart transplant, less than four liver transplants, less than six kidney transplants, or less than 10 cornea transplants in four years. A red-flagged hospital would be put under review by a panel of experts and could lose its status as a transplantation facility, Lee said.

Lee added that a hospital under review would have the chance to send representatives to the review meeting and explain its case to the panel experts before a decision is made.     [FULL  STORY]

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