Former US Health Secretary expresses interest in Taiwan health insurance system

Tom Price calls for closer cooperation on biotechnology and cancer research

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Former US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (front, second from left) with Vice President Chen Chien-jen (front, third from left) in Taiwa

Former US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (front, second from left) with Vice President Chen Chien-jen (front, third from left) in Taiwa (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former United States Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has shown interest in the health insurance system during his current visit to Taiwan, reports said Thursday (May 2).
The former Trump Administration official voiced support for Taiwan’s World Health Assembly bid and visited the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in the company of Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials Thursday.
Price exchanged ideas with hospital managers about the cost and benefits of a general health insurance system, asking questions about its impact on the finances of hospitals, the United Daily News reported. The conclusion seemed to be that no health insurance formula offered a perfect solution, according to the report.
The former U.S. government official received ample information about the system and reportedly expressed surprise that the concept of general health insurance was not an election issue supported by some and opposed by others.
Price also called for closer U.S.-Taiwan cooperation in biotechnology and cancer research, according to the United Daily News.