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New health minister wants to raise health insurance fees (2009/08/07)
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    New health minister wants to raise health insurance fees (2009/08/07)

    Newly appointed Health Minister, Yang Jhih-Liang, wasted no time bringing up the subject of raising premiums for the National Health Insurance program. On his first full day in the job, Yang proposed a hike of 0.68 percentage points saying that if rates couldn't rise and the National Health Insurance Bureau isn't permitted to fail, then only divine intervention can save the system.

    After taking over the post of Health Minister just one day earlier, Yang Jhih-Liang said he is determined to raise health care premiums from the present 4.55% to 5.13%. According to current calculations, a typical salaried employee earning in excess of NT$40,000 per month currently paying NT$625 per month would see that increase to NT$705. Yang is taking on a topic that his predecessors had avoided, potentially stirring up a hornet's nest for President Ma Ying-jeou.

    Voice of Yang Jhih-Liang
    Health Minister
    I don’t want to stir up a hornet's nest, said Yang. Let me ask you, how would I explain myself to the Control Yuan. Originally, I did not want to talk about this matter. It was the Control Yuan's idea in the first place, ask them. If national health insurance plans are not allowed to fail, and health care premiums can't increase and there's no reduction in medical coverage, than only Buddha, God, and Allah can manage this situation. I ask you, is my proposed adjustment wrong?

    However, with no noticeable improvement in the economy, and the unemployment rate remaining high, the idea of raising health insurance premiums caused many people to frown.

    My monthly salary is just NT$40,000 and I believe that my health insurance premiums are already high, said this woman.

    Collecting on the debts owed to them first and then asking for additional funds would be more reasonable, I think, said this man.

    Yang plans to first negotiate with Taipei and Kaohsiung for NT$50 billion in fees they already owe, at the same time raising premiums for the rich, and expanding subsidies to low-income households. He hopes to send a proposal to the Cabinet within one month.
    中文 Chinese  
    健保要調漲

    新任衛生署長楊志良,立刻拋出"健保漲價"議題。月薪4萬的上班族,每個月要多繳7、80元健保費。民眾大喊不合理,但楊志良說,若要健保不能倒、又不能漲,大概只有上帝阿拉才做得到。

    剛接下衛生署的新署長楊志良,決定漲健保費。根據精算,費率將會從現行的4.55%調高到5.13%,以月薪4萬多的上班族來看,原本健保費1個月625元,就會漲到705元。挑戰別人不敢碰的議題,有人就說,楊志良在捅馬總統的蜂窩。

    [[聲音來源:衛生署長 楊志良]]
    我不是要捅他 誰的蜂窩
    我問你 那監察院我怎麼交代
    我本來也不談這個事情啊
    是監察院先...那你們就問監察院啊
    天下沒有那個健保不能倒
    費用不能漲 醫療不能少的
    這個是佛祖上帝阿拉才能做得到嘛
    我的調整是錯的嗎

    但景氣還沒好轉,失業率居高不下,這個時間點要漲價,聽到消息,民眾皺眉頭。

    [[民眾]]
    因為薪水才4萬塊
    我們本來繳的健保費就很高了

    [[民眾]]
    先要求欠債的先還
    再追加我們的帳才覺得合理


    楊志良計畫,先討回北高共5百多億健保費,同時調高有錢人費率、放寬低收戶補助。一個月內向行政院提案。

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