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Cabinet to help disadvantaged groups with overdue premiums

Cabinet to help disadvantaged groups with overdue premiums

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) The Executive Yuan has authorized related government agencies to come up with a solution to help people who cannot afford to pay their national health insurance premiums, Premier Liu Chao-shiuan said Tuesday.
Liu made the remarks in response to legislators' concerns at a question-and-answer session in the legislature.
Legislator Yu Cheng-dao of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said that in today's weak job market, many people do not have stable jobs and therefore cannot afford to pay their health insurance premiums.
DPP Legislator Lin Shu-fen added that more than 80 percent of cases involving those owing the government less than NT$10,000 (US$287) in premiums have been referred to the courts for compulsory execution, though they mostly belong to society's disadvantaged groups.
She suggested that the government study the possibility of forgiving their overdue premiums.
Liu said the Department of Health (DOH) and the Ministry of the Interior will develop measures to help resolve the problem, but debt forgivingness amnesty will likely not be considered because of the complications it could create.
DOH Minister Yeh Ching-chuan said there are already various programs for those who cannot afford to pay their overdue premiums, and also was not in favor of a debt-forgiving program.
He argued it would be unfair because if everybody with overdue premiums, regardless of their incomes, were given forgiven, it would encourage people not to pay what they owe.
(By Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-06-22 11:40 GMT+08:00