Everybody In

In the 1990s, Taiwan shifted to a single-payer health system. Early on, there were enormous wins: comprehensive, affordable benefits for every citizen which continue to contribute to longer, healthier lives. 

The downside: Growing costs challenge the system’s financial sustainability, and medical professionals often bear the burden. Hospitals are crowded, staff work long hours, and—for patients—specialists are hard to come by. 

What’s key: Everyone in Taiwan is committed to working through these problems. The logistics of Taiwan’s success could help the US lay its own framework for a more comprehensive system, but buy-in would be a critical component. 


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