Fri, Oct 12, 2012 - Page 1 News List

NHI to cover Chinese students

COVERAGE:The proposal would count Chinese students like other foreigners, with a monthly premium of NT$1,249, of which 40 percent would be paid by the government

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Chris Wang  /  Staff reporters

“However, the DPP believes that Chinese students should pay the full premium,” he said.

The topic has been a hot-button issue for the DPP as some anti-China supporters vehemently opposed a DPP lawmaker’s proposal to include Chinese students in the insurance program last month.

Those who opposed the inclusion said the mandatory health insurance is a de facto social welfare system funded by taxpayers, which is why foreigners should not be included in the scheme.

If the subsidy was inevitable because it would be an incentive to encourage foreign and Chinese students to study in Taiwan, the official said, the DPP thinks that the subsidy should come from the MAC rather than the Department of Health.

The party does not oppose the inclusion of foreign and Chinese students in the program, in particular those who stay in Taiwan for more than six months, out of public health concerns.

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday said that a thorough review of the government’s proposal would be needed to avoid the kind of controversy and public backlash that occured with the introduction of the supplementary premium.

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