Healthcare in Taipei

The standard of healthcare in Taipei is very good
The system of healthcare in Taipei is well-regarded, both in the public and private sectors.

Medical facilities are modern and well equipped, and most doctors speak English, though their proficiency differs.

Part of government efforts to improve national infrastructure and offer civic services, the Taiwanese Universal Health Insurance (NHI) program was created and made available to residents in 1995.

Public healthcare in Taipei

Expats living in Taiwan for more than four months or who hold an Alien Resident Card (ARC) are required to join the NHI. Taking out private insurance is, however, still recommended.

The NHI is funded by employee taxes and government subsidies, but there are still co-payments and limited coverage for certain types of treatment. If an expat becomes very ill, the capped coverage provided by the NHI may not cover all of their medical expenses. This is where additional private insurance is useful.

Employed expats must enrol in the NHI on their first day at work, while dependants, students or self-employed residents need to register at a hospital within four months of getting their residence status. This process is straightforward and information is easily obtainable from the Department of Health.

After enrolling in the NHI programme, expats are issued a Health Insurance Card, which must be presented at doctors or facilities in order to receive benefits. Expats should note that medical facilities serving the NHI operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. As a result, doctors often see large numbers of patients in small amounts of time. Furthermore, as the NHI works according to a fee-for-service programme, some doctors over-prescribe to boost their incomes.

Private healthcare in Taipei

Most medical facilities in Taipei are private and expensive. Expats making use of this sector should arrange local private health insurance or international expatriate insurance.

Private hospitals in Taipei afford both more choice and less waiting time than public facilities.

A number of Special Clinics have been set up to cater to the English-speaking community. Doctors in these clinics have a greater cultural understanding of Western medicine, and expats will receive a bill translated into English. These facilities can also refer patients to the most able doctors at larger hospitals.

Emergency care in Taipei

Expats should dial 119 in the case of an emergency in Taipei, but ambulance dispatchers may not speak English.

It is important to be aware of emergency evacuation procedures in the case of an earthquake or typhoon - both of which occur from time to time.

Expats who rely on a specific brand of Western medication should bring an adequate supply with them to Taiwan. In some cases it can be difficult to find the exact same medicine, but there are usually local alternatives.

Hospitals in Taipei

Some of the most prominent hospitals in Taipei include:

Taiwan Adventist Hospital

424, Section 2, Bade Road, Songshan District
 +886 2 2771 8151

Veterans General Hospital

201, Section 2, Shipai Road, Beitou District
+886 2287 12121

Cathay General Hospital

280 Renai Road, Section 4, Taipei
(03) 2708 2121

National Taiwan University Hospital

1 Changde Street, Zhongzheng District
(03) 2312 3456

Mackay Memorial Hospital

92, Section 2, Zhongshan North Road
(03) 2543 3535

Tri-Service General Hospital

325, Section 2, Chenggong Road, Neihu District
886 2 8792 3311

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