Taiwan’s healthcare system has been ranked as the number one healthcare system in the world out of 89 countries surveyed, according to the 2019 Health Care Index compiled by CEOWORLD, an online business magazine and news site.
The Index measures the overall quality of health care systems, including health care infrastructure, competencies of health care professionals, cost and availability of quality medicine, the magazine said.
It also takes into consideration other factors including environmental factors, access to clean water, sanitation, government willingness to impose penalties on risks such as tobacco use and obesity, according to CEOWORLD. Of the 89 countries surveyed, Taiwan’s health care system scored 78 out of 100.
CEOWORLD is not the only organization with praise for the Taiwan Healthcare system. Bloomberg’s Health Care Efficiency Index ranks Taiwan as the 9th best healthcare system.
The healthcare system in Taiwan, known as National Health Insurance (NHI, Chinese: 全民健康保險), was instituted in 1995. NHI is a single-payer compulsory social insurance plan that promises equal access to healthcare for all citizens. NHI is mainly financed through premiums, which are based on the payroll tax, and is supplemented with out-of-pocket payments and direct government funding.
Contribution to payment of the NHI premium is split between employer (60%), employee (30%) and the government (10%). The employee’s contribution to his/her NHI premium will be the salary x 4.91% x 30%.So someone who earns NTD100,000 per month will pay NTD1,473.