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Ministry of Health and Welfare launched a committee on health industry development, which aims to examine policy options to strengthen the competitiveness of medical service and hospital industry. Hospital industry and insurance industry maintain that privatization and deregulation, such as an extended role of for-profit hospitals and private health insurance, is the best way to health industry development, but many are worried that those changes will result in a two-tiered health care system
Ministry of Health and Welfare designated 30 HUB public health centers to implement health promotion programs based on traditional medicine approach. With population aging, traditional medicine approach has been more widely adopted for the prevention and health promotion in the area of chronic and degenerative diseases. The HUB public health centers will be mainly located in rural areas, where the process of population aging is very rapid.
Ministry of Health and Welfare and Health Insurance Review Agency announced the lists of providers, which showed low rate of prescription of injectable drugs, low utilization of caesarean section, and low prescription rate of antibiotics for acute upper respiratory infection, respectively. The dissemination of information on provider performance on overuse or misuse of medical care will help consumers make rational choice of providers, leading to the change in provider behaviour.
Ministry of Health and Welfare formulated the roadmap to increase the benefit coverage. Starting in September 2005, MOHW reduces the co-payment and extend the coverage to previously uncovered drugs or tests for the patients of cancer, open heart surgery, and open cranial surgery in order to reduce the financial burden of those patients by 30%. MOHW plans to extend the target illness for the reduction of patient financial burden, from 3 in 2005 to 10 by 2008.
Prospective payment system was recently developed for long-term care, based on daily rates for 17 disease groups. Each disease group is further classified into three functional status relying on the ADL(Activities of Daily Living)s, leading to 51 daily rates in total. The new payment system will be implemented as a pilot program for voluntarily participating long-term care hospitals.
To provide adequate protection against the catastrophic expense due to illness, government introduced the ceiling on the cumulative out-of-pocket payment for a given period. But the ceiling is applied only to the copayment for insured services, not the payment for uninsured services, leading patients still to face the financial burden of out-of-pocket payment associated with uninsured services.
The policy of hospital evaluation aims to improve the quality of care by evaluating hospitals and disseminating the results of evaluation. National Review Committee, consisting of consumers, providers (hospital association) and academics and the insurer, is responsible for hospital evaluation. The policy will assess hospital quality based on structural and tangible measures (e.g., staff and facility) and patient satisfaction, not patient outcome measures.
National Committee on Planning for Long-term Care recently produced a policy paper, proposing to introduce social insurance for elderly long-term care. Public hearings and discussions on the pros and cons of introducing a separate long-term care insurance from the existing health insurance continues.
The proposal of the Ministry of Health and Welfare to raise tobacco price aims to reduce smoking and improve population health.
The proposal of the MOHW (Ministry of Health and Welfare) to extend the public health care system aims to improve access to medical care, extend programs on prevention and health promotion and contribute to health cost containment. The proposal was presented after the new Government took office in 2003.