The Health Insurance Coverage for Chinese Medicine Services in Taiwan
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 191-198
Received: Sep. 24, 2014; Accepted: Jan. 26, 2015; Published: Feb. 16, 2015
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Brad S. Yen, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, ROC; Institut supérieur d'électronique de Paris, Paris, France
Lin Jaung-Geng, Graduate Institute of Chinese Medical Science, China Medical University, Taiwan ROC
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Abstract
The voluminous amount of research on and widespread access to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is indicative of the growing acceptance of traditional medicine (TM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in many countries. However, Taiwan is one of the few countries in which insurance companies cover the expenses incurred for traditional medicine services. Meanwhile, relative literature documenting the establishment of the Chinese medicine service is also rarely seen. The aim of this article is to present a historical outline of the major events that led to coverage for Chinese medicine services by the Bureau of National Health Insurance in Taiwan. This study may provide other countries with a more complete understanding of how to found an appropriate medical insurance system that will cover indigenous medicine services.
Keywords
Health Insurance Coverage For Chinese Medicine Services, The Labor Insurance, The Government Employees' School Staffs' Insurance, The Farmer’s Health Insurance, The National Health Insurance
To cite this article
Brad S. Yen, Lin Jaung-Geng, The Health Insurance Coverage for Chinese Medicine Services in Taiwan, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 191-198. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20150302.16
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