Taiwan may not sustain popular health insurance

October 4, 2012

(AP)—A government official says Taiwan might be unable to support its highly-praised health insurance program because of a growing elderly population.

Cabinet Minister Hsueh Cherng-tay said late Wednesday the program's projected shortfall might be too much for the government to bear by 2025.

Taiwan's 23 million people pay minimal monthly premiums and receive largely free medical care for ailments ranging from the to complex diseases. The government has subsidized shortfalls so far.

Hsueh says cutting-edge medical treatments have worsened the shortfalls and said Taiwan's grew 30 percent in the past decade and their health outlays shot up 90 percent.

Those 65 and older accounted for 11 percent of Taiwan's population in 2010. That's expected to grow to 20 percent in 2025.

Explore further: Taiwan to curb 'big-stomach' eating contests

shares

Related Stories

Taiwan to curb 'big-stomach' eating contests

November 3, 2011

Taiwan moved Thursday to curb eating contests, a fad that has caused at least one death, and suggested the national health insurance stop paying for participants seeking medical treatment afterwards.

Recommended for you

Higher intelligence score means better physical performance

August 14, 2015

New research reveals a distinct association between male intelligence in early adulthood and their subsequent midlife physical performance. The higher intelligence score, the better physical performance, the study reveals. ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.