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Panel to be formed to draft bill on health insurance: Taiwan official

A file photo of Department of Health Deputy Minister Cheng Shou-hsia. Cheng said the Executive Yuan will set up a preparatory panel in July to draft l...

A file photo of Department of Health Deputy Minister Cheng Shou-hsia. Cheng said the Executive Yuan will set up a preparatory panel in July to draft l...

The Executive Yuan will set up a preparatory panel in July to draft legislation on a long-term health care insurance system that it hopes to submit to the Legislature by the end of this year, a Cabinet official said Tuesday.

The Department of Health and the Ministry of the Interior were commissioned by the Cabinet Monday to form the panel, which will eventually become the preparatory arm of the new program, according to DOH Deputy Minister Cheng Shou-hsia (鄭守夏).

The panel will consider a number of issues, including whether to provide long-term health care insurance coverage to all citizens or only to those over 40 years of age.

Among the services potentially covered under the plan would be in-home nursing and institutional care.

Cheng said the panel will also have to decide if a separate long-term health care insurance bureau should be created to handle related operations or if the Bureau of National Health Insurance, which runs Taiwan’s public health insurance system, will be authorized to administer the program.

Minister without Portfolio Tsai Hsung-hsiung (蔡勳雄), who has been the head of a task force promoting a long-term care system, and Minister without Portfolio Hsueh Cherng-tay (薛承泰) will serve as the convener and associate convener of the 19-member preparatory panel.

It will consist of deputy chiefs of the DOH, the MOI, and the Council for Economic Planning and Development and the Council of Labor Affairs, academics and experts, and representatives of long-term care and social welfare organizations, Cheng noted.

In addition to drafting legislation, the panel will also be asked to provide advice on long-term health care policies, coordinate major issues related to long-term health care planning and supervise the promotion of other plans for long-term health care insurance, according to Cheng.

Various central government agencies will hold 29 forums, while the country’s 25 cities and counties will each hold a seminar to solicit opinions on the issue from related groups, the general public and government agencies at all levels, Cheng added.


Updated : 2021-07-24 01:25 GMT+08:00