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. 

Vox

Comments +

0 comments

Post a Comment

Restricted HTML

  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Back to top