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Han proposed to exempt pregnant foreign spouses from national health insurance draws flak

Taiwan presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu proposed to exempt pregnant foreign spouses from a six-month residency requirement for  Taiwan's national health insurance program.

A government official had rejected the idea proposed by Han.

"Should the threshold of a six-month waiting period be removed (for pregnancy), it would be unfair to patients suffering from disease," said Han as reported by Central News Agency.

Foreign spouses of Taiwanese nationals or Taiwanese citizens without a household registration are required to reside in the country for six months before they can be included in the program, explained by Chen Shih-chung, minister of Health and Welfare.

Assistance with pregnancy checkups and subsidies to the Health Promotion Administration are available and may apply to a special fund under the Ministry of the Interior for foreign spouses.


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