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DOH declares year-end bonuses for BNHI staff

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday that year-end bonuses for Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) employees would be between 3.1 and 3.6 months of their salaries depending on individual employee performance.

The issue of whether BNHI employees should be entitled to big bonuses when many people in Taiwan are unemployed or forced to take unpaid leave has become a hot topic in recent weeks.

CRITICISM

Lawmakers slammed both the DOH and the BNHI for poor decisionmaking and for giving the public a negative impression of the bureau.

The fact that the NHI fund suffers a NT$26 billion (US$800 million) in unrealized losses has also engendered much criticism from lawmakers and the public.

Yesterday, the department announced that the performance bonus for each BNHI employee was set at 1.6 months.

In addition, each individual BNHI employee could receive between 1.5 to two months pay as a bonus, based on the results of their review by Executive Yuan’s Research, Development and Evaluation Commission.

As such, the amount of the year-end bonus would total between 3.1 and 3.6 months.

The bureau said that because it needed to improve the quality of its medical services, the department would cut the performance bonus from 1.8 months to 1.6 months, a 0.2 month decrease from an initial proposal last month.

The bureau said the performance of BNHI employees was assessed based on the quality of medical services provided rather than the financial condition of the NHI fund.

Yeh made a similar comment on Monday, saying that improving the financial condition of the NHI fund was his responsibility and that BNHI employees should not be blamed.

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