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Second-generation NHI premiums to be 3-4 percent: minister

Second-generation NHI premiums to be 3-4 percent: minister

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Department of Health (DOH) Minister Yaung Chih-liang said Friday that premium rates for a second-generation National Health Insurance (NHI) program based on total household income will be between 3 percent and 4 percent.
He also said the plan will be similar to the system for paying taxes, with health insurance premiums deducted at the origin of income. Every year those insured will receive a refund or be charged additional money for the previous year.
Under the new program, total household income will be defined as a tax registration household, which means that people who file their tax reports together will be counted as a household when establishing premiums, Yaung said.
The DOH will send a proposal on the plan, which is expected to be introduced within two years, to the Executive Yuan for review next week.
Before the second-generation plan is introduced, a temporary plan, which took effect on April 1, raised the health insurance premium rate from 4.55 percent to 5.17 percent of an individual's salary.
As of the end of last year, the national health insurance program had accumulated debts of NT$58.8 billion (US$1.84 billion), an amount that could soar to an estimated NT$101.5 billion by the end of 2010 if no adjustments are made.
Yaung said that it is too early to say how many people will be affected by the plan and that more details will be discussed by health insurance-related committees.
(By Chen Li-ting, Chen Ching-fang and Fanny Liu)




Updated : 2021-05-12 05:30 GMT+08:00