Jan. 16, 2022

S1-E24 - Taiwan's Awesome National Health Insurance System

S1-E24 - Taiwan's Awesome National Health Insurance System

In the mid-1990s Taiwanese politicians got together, and, after much wrangling, settled on a national health insurance system that today is the envy of many countries around the world. Here's the story of how we got to a single-payer, government-subsidized, mandatory program that provides more than decent care at incredibly decent rates. While not without faults, overall, it's pretty darn awesome.


Cover image: The Kaohsiung Medical College/"Gao Yi Hosptial" 

(Image by Eryk Michael Smith)