Taiwan to add travel history to health ID cards amid coronavirus outbreak

Travel history of people returning from China, Hong Kong, Macau will be made known to physicians

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/02/04
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — To prevent people from hiding their travel history when visiting the doctor and thus exploiting a loophole in the war on the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic, Taiwanese health authorities announced on Tuesday (Feb. 4) a new feature soon to be added to National Health Insurance (NHI) smart cards.

The ID cards currently contain users' medical data, allowing doctors to access health records, and users can enjoy affordable medical service as the country's National Health Insurance Administration reimburses their expenses when they present their cards at the billing counter.

However, the cards present no information about their users' travel history.

After the new feature hits the road, around 330,000 Taiwanese who have recently traveled to or returned from China, Hong Kong, and Macau will be made known to physicians, the administration said.    [FULL  STORY]

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