Taiwan’s Civil Society and Health Care Reform
The internationally renowned Taiwan health insurance helps families to be able to receive medical care without falling into poverty. With its 100% coverage rate, low premium and free access to all kinds of medical service, Taiwan health insurance is a glory of this nation and has won high esteem from the international society. However, there are major structural changes that jeopardize our health care environment. For instance, medical service has been commodified in pursuit of profits; medical organizations are expanding to gain better market share and receive higher insurance payment; ‘fee for service’ payment leads to the shrinkage of certain medical professions that used to be honored by medical professionals; frequent budgetary deficits put health insurance in crisis. Those structural problems expose Taiwan health care environment to sustainability crisis.