NHI co-payment rules to change on 1 July
The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) says it will be making changes to co-payment schemes beginning on 1 July.
The changes cover co-payments for emergency care and prescription drugs and will primarily affect regional hospitals and medical centres.
According to the administration, the changes will allow those facilities to better treat patients in serious emergency situations, with rare diseases or in need of critical care.
The co-payment for patients seeking emergency care at clinics, and district hospitals in their communities will remain at NT$150. However, the co-payment will be raised from NT$300 to NT$450 for those visiting a regional hospital, and from between NT$550 and NT$750 for those visiting a medical center.
The drug prescription co-payment for low-income families, or individuals with disabilities, will remain capped at NT$200. The government says the revised co-payment rules have been designed to encourage patients with chronic diseases whose conditions have been stabilized to use their local clinics.