The health care system in Taiwan
As in many countries, the health care system in Taiwan is publicly funded and privately delivered. Taiwan has implemented a universal health insurance scheme since March 1, 1995, one of the more recent economies to adopt such a program. By June 2006, 99 percent of citizens were covered by the National Health Insurance (NHI) Program and about 91.23 percent of total hospitals and clinics provided services under the scheme by contract (BNHI, 2007). Since its implementation, the NHI Program has significantly transformed the ways people seek medical services and doctors provide health care. Hence, this chapter will look at the health care system in Taiwan following the implementation of the NHI Program in terms of health services, health insurance, and key issues heatedly debated in recent years.