The health insurance system in Taiwan is administered by the Bureau of National Health Insurance. Created in 1995, this social insurance scheme aims to cover the entire Taiwanese population for hospitalization, outpatient care, dental care, pregnancy and traditional Chinese medicine.
Foreign residents also benefit from the system, which becomes mandatory from the day you hold an Alien Residency Card, which records all your medical information.
The quality of care provided in the main cities is similar to European standards. Medical facilities and equipment are generally good quality. However, outside large cities and in rural areas, the quality of care is very poor. Health centers are overcrowded and are not appropriately equipped.
There is also a private sector in Taiwan which includes private clinics and hospitals. The quality of care is good and medical teams have often been trained in the USA and speak English, which is quite rare in the public sector.
Visiting a doctor in Taiwan
Most doctors, GPs and specialists receive patients in their office at the hospital. You just need to make an appointment with the doctor of your choice. If it's difficult to communicate, don't hesitate to ask for assistance from an interpreter. Office visits must be paid at the end of the consultation.
Don't forget to keep all bills to get reimbursed by your international private health insurance plan.
Being admitted to hospital in Taiwan
Private hospitals and clinics provide good quality care and medical equipment is modern. Outside Taipei, there are very few private facilities and the quality of care is poor.
Emergency services Avoid public ambulance services. Private ambulances and emergency services are good, but you have to pay on admission.
If you need a referral to a different facility to suit your medical needs, we recommend you use your health insurance provider's medical network.
In case of emergency: use a private ambulance
Buying medication in Taiwan
You will find both international and local brand names in pharmacies in Taiwan.
Duration: 1 year maximum Cost: About 86€ Leadtime: Unknown
Application Requirements are quite similar for all nationalities, however some have to supply more documents.
To apply for a visa in Taiwan, you have to: - Be aged 18 -30 inclusive - Be without dependents - Have a valid passport - Have proof of adequate savings - Have a clean criminal record - Have a medical certificate proving that you're in good health - Have international health insurance to cover the length of your stay - Have never had a working holiday visa for Taiwan before (1st participation) - Be flying to Taiwan within 3 months of getting your visa
How to get your Visa
If you're a French national applying in French: The first step to getting your visa for Taiwan is to fill in a form online. You need to ask for a visitor's visa. Next you have to gather together all the documents required and send them with the signed and printed form to the embassy (passport, bank statements, return flight tickets or proof of your capacity to buy them and a check for 86€). After that, you will need to book an appointment with the office representing Taipei and present your application.
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