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Taiwan’s health minister wants more improvement on its already efficient health care system


Taiwan’s medical system must be boosted to shoulder disease prevention duties from border controls to aiding local communities which the COVID-19 pandemic shows the flaws of the country’s health care system.


Taiwan health minister and head of Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Chen Shih-chung said that the country’s medical system should be bolstered.

“However, being overly efficient might become a problem during pandemics, as the extra work — piled on an already heavy workload — lowers the original capability the industry could have offered,” Chen said in an interview with Liberty Times.

Chen gave an example like the US medical system is strong and efficient, but during the pandemic most of it has closed down and collapsed under the weight of epidemic.

“We must leave room to do more, when it is necessary,” Chen added.

Boosting government involvement in the medical system is one method resolving that kind of issue according to Chen. Most coronavirus patients are being treated were using state funding and are not related to the National Health Insurance (NHI) program.
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