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Taiwan's health insurance system highlighted at world meeting
台灣健保經驗 世界性會議中備受矚目
By 中央社

2009-04-18 00:00:00

A senior official from Taiwan gave a presentation at the annual conference of the World Health Care Congress (WHCC) Tuesday on the country's well-developed health insurance system.


Chen Hsiao-ping, vice president of the Bureau of National Health Insurance under the Cabinet-level Department of Health, explained in detail the historical background of the national health insurance system, its special features, factors contributing to its success and the challenges it faces.


His address drew much attention as it came at a time when President Barack Obama's administration is actively promoting reform of the United States' health care system.


Chen used diagrams, graphs and solid figures to give an extensive and vivid analysis and to make comparisons between the health insurance systems in Taiwan and the U.S.


His presentation impressed many foreign public health officials and medical professionals at the WHCC conference, which is also being attended by health care industry representatives from across the United States and around the world with a view to exchanging opinions and experiences in medical service development.


A number of participants asked Chen questions during the Q&A session following his speech and expressed admiration over the wide coverage, efficiency and relatively low premiums that are the hallmarks of Taiwan's national health insurance system. Many of them also said it is worthy of emulation by the United States.

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