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Control Yuan pans CIP, health insurance bureau

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Control Yuan on Wednesday accused the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) of failing to take effective steps to resolve unemployment among Aborigines and demanded that it conduct a thorough review of its job policies.

It said in a censure statement that the unemployment rate for Aborigines in September was 8.69 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 6.04 percent for the same month.

The national average for monthly earnings in 2008 stood at NT$36,357, which was 1.53 times higher than that of employed Aborigines, most of whom worked in low-skilled, labor-intensive jobs, the statement said.

“The council was slack in its duties when it came to tackling the long-term problems facing ­Aborigines ... offering them limited opportunities to improve their working skills and find employment,” said Tu Shan-liang (杜善良), a Control Yuan member in charge of the case.

The Control Yuan also censured the Bureau of National Health Insurance, saying it failed to combat fraud, scams and abuses in the national health insurance system.

Over the past 11 years, the bureau managed to reclaim NT$2.869 billion (US$89.7 million) in illegal reimbursements by healthcare institutions, which accounted for only 1.71 percent of the NT$167.7 billion the bureau should have gotten back if it had carried out measures meant to remedy shortcomings.

Control Yuan member Cheng Jen-hung (程仁宏) said that, on average, the bureau demanded a return of NT$261 million each year during the period, a trivial amount compared with the about NT$400 billion in insurance payments claimed by healthcare institutions in a year.

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