Fri, Jun 12, 2009 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■POLITICE

SEF chair returns to work

Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) has returned to work following prostate surgery last week. Chiang said yesterday he felt fine and it was a “small problem.” He emphasized, however, that he still needed to return to the hospital for check-ups. The foundation said Chiang discovered benign prostatic hyperplasia (an abnormal increase in the number of cells) during a regular physical check-up and his doctor suggested taking tissue samples.

■HEALTH

BNHI to study breast cancer

The Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) will later this month study the feasibility of covering the costs of targeted therapy for early-stage breast cancer under the national health insurance system, a BNHI official said yesterday. Sheen Mao-ting (沈茂庭), a BNHI official in charge of reviewing medical claims, made the comment in response to a call by several legislators for national health insurance to cover this type of treatment. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) said that targeted therapy for early-stage breast cancer, which aims to slow the growth of cancer cells, costs 20 times less than the medical bills for treating such cancers if they spread. In many countries, targeted therapies are covered by national health insurance. “Why can’t Taiwan do the same?” she asked. KMT Legislator Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said that the government’s tax revenues from a hike in the health surcharge on cigarettes are expected to be more than NT$20 billion (US$600,000) per year, while the cost of covering targeted medicines for early-stage breast cancer would be only NT$900 million. He said he hoped the BNHI would soon agree to cover the payments for that type of treatment.

■POLITICS

Taipei skips repainting

The Taipei City Government yesterday decided not to paint the KMT emblems back on the old east gate of the city, also known as Jinfu Men, after Democratic Progressive Party Taipei City councilors slapped white paint over the blue-and-white emblem. The KMT emblems on two other historical gates — South Gate and Small South Gate — will not be repainted with white and blue colors, either, the Department of Cultural Affairs said. The department was criticized last month for taking advantage of repair work on the three gates to repaint the faded KMT emblems carved on the gates. Teng Wen-tsung (鄧文宗), a division chief at the department, said it decided to follow Article 21 of the Culture Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法), which stipulates that any restoration work on national monuments should be done according to the monument’s original appearance.

■CRIME

Wang presses charges

Despite a lack of evidence, Wang Tzu-hao (王子豪), son of Shiatzy Chen (王陳彩霞), founder of the fashion brand of the same name, has pressed charges against his wife, Taichung County Councilor Wang Chia-chia (王加佳), and the private investigator she hired, for allegedly hacking at him with a knife, a Central News Agency report quoted an official from the Taipei City’s Sungshan Precinct as saying yesterday. Wang Tzu-hao accused his wife of responsibility for last September’s incident, in which an unknown suspect slashed at him in the streets of Taipei City. Wang Tzu-hao said the criminal was a private investigator hired by his wife to spy on him. Wang Chia-chia held a press conference yesterday and denied her husband’s claim.

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