NHI supplementary premium rakes in NT$2.6 billion
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The income from the second-generation National Health Insurance (NHI) program's supplementary premium has totaled around NT$2.6 billion since the new program was launched in the beginning of this year, the Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) announced yesterday.
March 16, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
BNHI official Tang Yi-wen (唐薏文) said that the estimated annual income from the NHI's supplementary premium will be around NT$20.6 billion annually.
“The amount of income from the supplementary premium so far has been within the bureau's expectations,” said Tang.
Tang said that among the six categories of supplementary premiums that people have to be responsible for, rental income covers the biggest part of income from the premium, followed by high bonuses, interest income and part-time income.
“The BNHI's income from supplementary premiums will vary depending on the different times of the year. For example, stock dividends usually are distributed between June to August while high bonuses are mostly provided between January to February,” Ting said.
According to the BNHI, the premium rate based on the second-generation NHI has been reduced from 5.17 percent to 4.91 percent. Around 80 percent of people may have their insurance fees lowered by NT$19 to NT$44 per person each month.
The BNHI also said that the supplementary premium rate is 2 percent. And the additional income will be calculated to include high bonuses, professional income, stock dividends, interest income, rental income and part-time income. The minimum for being included in the calculation of additional income is NT$5,000 and the maximum is NT$10 million.
The second-generation NHI is expected to remain in the black for the next four years, the bureau said.
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