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Revamping the cost of healthcare

By Lee Jwo-leun 李卓倫

The overall development of a national healthcare system consists of three stages. The first stage is to provide healthcare safeguards for all citizens. The second stage is to control healthcare expenditure. The third stage is to establish a system for allocating healthcare services that takes into account both overall expenditure and the quality of service.

If government leaders continue to be obsessed with controlling healthcare expenditure, then Taiwan’s healthcare system could remain stuck in its second stage of development for another 15 years.

Lee Jwo-leun is an associate professor in the Department of Senior Citizen Service Management at National Taichung University of Science and Technology.

Translated by Julian Clegg

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