Minister of Health and Welfare Xue Ruiyuan said yesterday that the new system of partial burden of health insurance was originally planned to be launched in the "first quarter" of next year, but the strength of economic recovery remains to be seen, and it may be postponed to the "first half" of next year.
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[Reporter Wu Liangyi/Taipei Report] The new system of part of the burden of health insurance was originally planned to go on the road in the "first quarter" of next year, but Minister of Health and Welfare Xue Ruiyuan said yesterday that although the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic has slowed down, the strength of the economic recovery remains to be seen, and the time to start the road may be delayed. For the "first half" of next year.
Some experts believe that the Ministry of Health and Welfare should have the courage to take responsibility for the sustainable operation of health insurance.
Implementation may be postponed to the first half of next year
When Xue Ruiyuan was interviewed yesterday, he was asked about the time when the health insurance part of the burden will be on the road. He said that there is no suspense that the epidemic will slow down. "It can be expected that next year will have a good year."
However, the state of economic recovery remains to be seen, because part of the burden on the road will have some impact on people's livelihood. Although the disadvantaged are protected, for the general public, medical expenses will still increase. Whether the current economic situation can afford it requires overall consideration. .
Originally planned to go on the road in the first quarter of next year, it may be postponed to the first half of next year, depending on the actual development.
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In this regard, Director of Health Insurance Li Bozhang said that increasing part of the burden will not increase the health insurance finances a lot, but he hopes that the public will be cost-conscious and hope that the quality of medical care can be improved through the new system.
For home medical care and outlying island services, the current payment points for medical staff are not enough. In addition, rare diseases and cancer medicines are expensive. Unnecessary waste should be reduced so that medical resources can be used more effectively.
Hong Ziren, chairman of the Taiwan Medical Management Association, believes that it is a social consensus to make health insurance sustainable. The new system of partial burden will not increase the burden on patients much, and it can better implement the spirit of user payment. This is a common awareness of the public. The Ministry of Health and Welfare should be brave. Doing things step by step is the most beneficial way for the development of the country's overall health care system, which will win the support and respect of the public.
Hong Ziren said that the epidemic situation should not get worse. Even if there is another wave of mutant subtypes early next year that will cause a slight increase in cases, since most people in the country have been infected, the proportion of hospitalization and severe illness should not increase.
On the economic level, we can understand that the Ministry of Health and Welfare has considerations, but if we dare not take such a small step as a partial burden, how can we talk about major issues such as insurance premium increases and increasing the proportion of medical GDP in the future?
Will it be delayed until the second half of next year before it hits the road?
After adjustment, about 9.99 billion yuan can be injected every year
The new system of partial burden of health insurance was originally planned to be implemented in May this year, but it has been delayed again and again due to the outbreak of the epidemic.
The new system mainly adjusts the partial burden of emergency department, medicine, chronic medicine, inspection and inspection at the same time.
Take the emergency department as an example. In the future, patients with mild symptoms will go to the emergency department of the medical center without referral, and part of the burden will be increased to 800 yuan.
Patients with chronic diseases go to grass-roots institutions for inspection and examination. The threshold for the new part of the burden is 1,000 yuan, and more than 1,000 yuan needs to pay 100 yuan for the part of the burden.
The number of people affected by drugs, testing and emergency services varies from more than one million to more than nine million. It is estimated that after adjustment, it can increase by about 99 per year.
900 million yuan in revenue.