Red Brick Daily

CNA reports that in a meeting on Monday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and other participants agreed that the legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party will move to revise the National Health Insurance Act along the following principles:

  1. Based on basic human rights, the treatment of Chinese students should be in line with that of foreign and overseas Chinese students … by including them into the National Health Insurance system.
  2. Due to limited government resources, foreign, overseas Chinese and Chinese students should pay the full amount of health insurance premiums themselves.
  3. Governmental agencies should allocate their own budgets if they believe poor students or students from specific countries need extra assistance.

Overseas Chinese and foreign students who came to Taiwan before the law was amended are to be “grandfathered in” … and will not be affected by any changes.

There were just under 8,000 Chinese students in Taiwan in 2015, according to gov’t stats.

Overseas students from anywhere will now get insurance … but pay the FULL monthly premium of NT$1,249 per month … foreign students presently get about 40% of their premium paid for by the government, meaning they pay a monthly fee of NT$749.

One Chinese student told CNA that Chinese students currently get insurance from insurance companies through the school they study at … and pay about NT$3,000 per semester.

“But if we have to pay more than NT$1,000 per month,” the student noted, “the burden will be greater than if we are covered by commercial insurance.”

The number of foreign and overseas Chinese students — says the Ministry of Health — totaled 30,946 in 2015.

These students paid a total national health insurance premium of NT$373 million, but the government spent an estimated NT$120 million for their subsidies.

The “everyone pays compromise” is a bid, officials say, to be fair while also not overburdening the national coffers.

So what do you think about this “compromise”?

Seem fair?


(Photo via VOA)