Affordable UHC

As the significant program of Taiwan’s universal health care system, the National Health Insurance was launched on March 1, 1995. The NHI is a single payer compulsory insurance plan that centralizes funding. This approach operates with exceptionally low administrative costs in comparison with those of other countries. Premiums are equitable and affordable, and provide users with access to qu ality medical care. By law, all citizens of the nation will be covered by the NHI. Users are free to choo se their health care providers, about 93 percent of medical facilities in Taiwan contracted under the NHI, and can enjoy convenient access to treatment and short wait ing times for procedures and services. Coverage includes dental care, inpatient and outpatient services, childbirth, tests and exams, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and traditional Chinese medicine. The NHI provides all of Taiwan’s citizens and residents with cost effective, efficient, safe and high quality health care and medication. This achievement has been widely acclaimed by the international community.

Universal health coverage is one of the core principles of the World Health Organization, as specified in the global body’s constitution. To promote this concept around the world in line with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, the WHO advocates essential coverage and services across 16 indicators in four categories. Taiwan has achieved exceptional achievements including universal coverage, comprehensive benefits, easy access to medical care, high public satisfaction, and medical quality up to standard In addition, with the NHI in place for more than two decades, Taiwan has accumulated extensive expertise that can benefit countries working to implement similar programs. Taiwan is ready and willing to share its experiences so as to assist nations in achieving the third SDG of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well being at all ages. When it comes to realizing health for all, Taiwan can help.