The costs of healthcare in Taiwan

The costs of healthcare in Taiwan

Taiwan has very inexpensive universal healthcare, and general medical and hospital services are excellent.

The Central Health Insurance Administration of Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare made public its data for 2016 on October 15, 2017.  It lists the ten most costly healthcare expenditures and payouts in health insurance.

(1)  Acute kidney failure and chronic kidney disease with expenditure of NT$48.3 billion.  There are 320,000 patients suffering from kidney diseases and 85,000 are on dialysis in Taiwan.

(2)  Dental and oral diseases with expenditure of NT$41.3 billion.

(3)  Diabetes with expenditure of NT$26.4 billion.

(4)  Acute upper respiratory tract infection with expenditure of NT$26.1 billion.

(5)  Hypertensive diseases with expenditure at NT$22.2 billion.

(6)  Malignant tumor of the digestive organs with expenditure at NT$17.391 billion.

(7)  Cerebrovascular disease with expenditure at NT$17.024 billion.

(8)  Anemic heart disease with expenditure at NT$16.283 billion.

(9)  Flu and pneumonia with expenditure of NT$15.434 billion.

(10) Respiratory system diseases with expenditure of NT$12.555 billion.

According the the Health Insurance Administration, people visited the hospital an average of 15.36 times in 2016.  Of the average number of visits, 16.666% (2.56 visits for flu / 15.36 total hospital visits) were visits for flu.

It is interesting to figure out the percentage costs of each of the ten ailments to show the cost of maintenance of patients suffering from these diseases that require long term hospitalized healthcare.

The sum of the costs of the ten ailments is (1) NT$48.3 billion + (2) NT$41.3 billion + (3) NT$26.4 billion + (4)  NT$26.1 billion + (5) NT$22.2 billion + (6) NT$17.391 billion + (7) NT$17.024 billion + (8) NT$16.283 billion + (9) NT$15.434 billion + (10) NT$12.555 billion equal to NT$242.987 billion.  This is the total cost for the ten ailments.

The percentages of each are:  (1)  19.87760% (48.3 / 242.987) to care for acute kidney failure and chronic kidney diseases; (2)  16.99679% (41.3 / 242.987) to care for dental and oral diseases; (3)  10.8647788% (26.4 / 242.987) for diabetes; (4) 10.7413154% (26.1 / 242.987) for acute upper respiratory tract infections;  (5)  9.13629% (22.2 / 242.987) for hypertensive diseases; (6)  7.15751% (17.391 / 242.987) for malignant tumor of digestive organs; (7)  7.006136% (17.024 / 242.987) for cerebrovascular diseases; (8)  6.70118% (16.283 / 242.987) for anemic heart disease; (9)  6.35178% (15.434 / 242.987) for flu and pneumonia; and (10) 5.16694% (12.555 / 242.987) for respiratory system diseases.

 

 

 

 

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