Terry Gou calls for health care reform
The China Post news staffTaiwan needs urgent reform to its health care system and related laws to retain medical practitioners, instead of wasting time bickering over U.S. beef imports, Hon Hai Group Chairman Terry Gou said yesterday.
July 1, 2012, 12:10 am TWN
Gou said the government must revise the medical law and the national health insurance (NHI) program before it is too late, or Taiwan's people may be forced to travel abroad to obtain proper medical treatment in the future.
“Do it today or regret it tomorrow,” Gou said on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the third anniversary of a stem cell therapy center at National Taiwan University Hospital.
The tycoon has been active in promoting medical reforms since one of his younger brothers died of cancer a few years ago. The therapy center was funded by a foundation Gou established, and he is also funding a cancer hospital in Taiwan in collaboration with the university, with its opening scheduled for 2013.
His latest remarks come amid reports that a Taiwanese physician has decided to forgo his promotion to a top position at one of Taiwan's top hospitals and move to Singapore instead.
“The situation hasn't gotten out of hand, but the government really needs to pay more attention to it,” Gou said.
He suggested that the NHI premiums should be calculated on the ability to pay. “Those who have more should pay more,” Gou said, but warned that some legal issues still need to be resolved. He called on the government to revise its regulations on matters such as public university funding.