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Many American service-industry workers, nurses and students feel exposed in the face of their precarious situations and the U.S. government's bungled response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has been called "a failure."
The draft act on hiring foreign talent passed last week does more to make life easier for foreign workers and their families already in Taiwan than it does to entice fresh white-collar recruits to the beautiful island.
A point system used to calculate state reimbursements to hospitals and clinics is seen as unfair by a number of practitioners.
The health care system in Taiwan is a worldwide research topic, and the recent medical payment reformation within the system has led to criticism from the medical community.
Zhang Ke-shi, Secretary-General of TCHA points out that currently the hospitals are overcrowded while almost half of the local clinics have shut down. He says that medical centers were meant for patients in need of critical care, but now the system is almost paralyzed because people are used to coming in for minor illnesses. This not only increases the medical staff's workload, but the doctors are also forced to cut back their teaching and research time.
Minister of Education says National Health Insurance should be Provided for Mainland Chinese Students
The Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa says from an education point of view, all students coming from outside of Taiwan should be treated the same. Health insurance is provided for overseas Chinese students and foreign students in Taiwan, but not for those from Mainland China, which has led to some disputes on campus.
Ma pointed out that Taiwan regulations still have some limitations upon the Chinese students, and the students take these limitations as discrimination. For example, the Chinese students have no health insurance according to the current regulations. Ma asks if other foreign students can have health insurance, why can't the Chinese students?
Most of the public believes the Ministry of Health and Welfare should formulate related regulations as soon as possible to prevent unnecessary medical waste.