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Personal medical fees to rise, health official confirms

CNA , TAIPEI

A senior Department of Health (DOH) official said yesterday that a self-payment ratio hike for out-patients and emergency patients will be announced on Wednesday.

DOH Secretary-General Lai Chin-hsiang (賴進祥) also said the hike is expected to be put into effect July 16. His words came after Department of Health Deputy Minister Chen Tzay-jinn (陳再晉) and Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) chief Liu Chien-hsiang (劉見祥) earlier in the day denied such reports.

Chen said that although the DOH and the BNHI are hoping for a hike in the self-payment ratio, they will respect the decision of a national health insurance supervisory committee on when to put it into effect.

However, Lai said that the self-payment amount for out-patients and emergency patients will be raised, while the self-payment amount for those visiting practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine and dentists will not be raised. Lai said a national health insurance supervisory committee is not opposed to the hike, but it has expressed the hope that the DOH will prepare complementary measures.

According to the fee hike plan envisaged by the BNHI, the self-payment amount for outpatients for district, regional and national hospitals will be raised to NT$80, NT$240 and NT$360, respectively, from the present NT$50, NT$140 and NT$210, while the self-payment amount for emergency patients for regional and national hospitals will be raised to NT$300 and NT$450, respectively, from NT$210 and NT$420.

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