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Medical Billing: Taiwan vs. U.S.

How long do you think it takes for physicians and hospitals to bill an insurer for a service?  Uwe Reinhardt notes that the answer depends on where you live.   If you are in the U.S.: In the United States, claims settlement for medical procedures under private health insurance can take up to three months; […]

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Taiwan’s National Health Insurance System: Part II

A recent Health Economics article by Hsiou and Pylypchuk (2011) examines differences in preventive care and hospitalization use between the United States and Taiwan.  The authors find the following: “The rate of preventive care use is much higher in the USA than in Taiwan, whereas the use of hospital and emergency care is about the […]

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Taiwan’s National Health Insurance System

In a recent edition of Health Affairs, health economist Tsung-Mei Cheng interviews Taiwan’s Health Minister Ching-Chuan Yeh, M.D. They discuss Taiwan’s adoption of a national health insurance (NHI) system in 1995.  Below are some highlights from the interview. Health spending as a share of GDP was 4.79% in 1993 (prior to NHI) and 6.1% in […]

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