Major hospitals ordered to reduce numbers at outpatient clinics (2018/07/02)
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    Major hospitals ordered to reduce numbers at outpatient clinics (2018/07/02)

    Taiwan's hospitals are full of patients with problems ranging from life-threatening emergencies to minor colds. The National Health Insurance Administration wants patients with less serious conditions to seek medical attention elsewhere, so that there's more room in major hospitals for those who really need it. The administration is now ordering major hospitals to reduce their outpatient intake by 2% a year, which could mean turning away 800,000 patients.

    To ease congestion at major hospitals, the National Health Insurance Administration is asking hospitals to lower their outpatient intake by 2% per year. The hospitals must reach a 10% decrease by the fifth year or risk putting their health insurance reimbursements in jeopardy.

    Voice of Hung Tzu-jen
    Hospital Superintendent
    This is a great challenge for our hospital. We’ve mentioned many times before that the NHIA should think about the deductibles of chronic disease prescriptions and for clinic fees. The NHIA should look into voluntary patient transfer.

    The hospitals stressed that for the plan to work, public opinion has to change.

    Tsai Shu-ling
    NHIA Deputy Director-General
    It’s always been that patients choose for themselves where they go for medical care, and they choose major hospitals. It’s our hope that patients with minor conditions or chronic diseases will be directed to clinics, and be transferred to major hospitals later if needed.

    Chu Hsien-kuang
    Healthcare reform advocate
    Lowering outpatient intake by 2% at medical centers doesn’t mean that patients with minor conditions or chronic diseases will be redirected. We’re concerned that hospitals will pick and choose patients, accepting those that represent easy money, who are often patients with minor ailments or chronic diseases.

    Healthcare reform activists requested the NHIA roll out a comprehensive transfer plan so that hospitals won’t need to sacrifice the interests of their patients.
    中文 Chinese  
    拚醫療分級! 大醫院門診不減量 健保不給付



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