An overview of the healthcare system in Taiwan

Tai Yin Wu, Azeem Majeed, Ken N. Kuo

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Taiwan adopted a national health insurance system in 1995. It is a government administered insurancebased national healthcare system. Although, like the UK, Taiwan has a single payer system for healthcare, there are several differences between the two systems.The characteristics of the Taiwanese system include good accessibility, comprehensive populationcoverage, short waiting times, relatively low costs and a national health insurance databank forplanning, monitoring and evaluating health services.The weaknesses include variable quality of care, a weak gatekeeper role and increasing financial pressures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-119
Number of pages5
JournalLondon Journal of Primary Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Health insurance
  • Health services accessibility
  • National health programs
  • Primary healthcare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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