How World Health Organization can achieve Health for ALL

How World Health Organization can achieve Health for ALL Listen

A livestream from Club suisse de la presse published in International

With Dr. CHEN Shih-Chung, Minister of Health and Welfare of R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Taiwan’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program - National Health Insurance (NHI) - has been in place for 24 years. It provides high-quality health services from prevention, treatment to rehabilitation and palliative care, with 86% of satisfactory rate. 99.9% Taiwanese citizens as well as foreign workers and international students are covered. The expenditure accounts only 6.4% of Taiwan’s GDP in 2017.

AI and cloud computing technology are applied in the Taiwan’s NHI to advance the efficiency and quality of medical services. For example, encrypted MediCloud and PharmaCloud enable authorized healthcare providers to access patients’ medical records, test reports and prescriptions to better provide patients with timely treatments. Taiwan has experiences to share with the global health community to achieve Health for All.

However, Taiwan is excluded from participating in the World Health Assembly (WHA) and most WHO’s technical meetings and activities due to political interference. It also means that WHO is deprived of the opportunities to benefit from Taiwan’s resources.

Taiwan’s absence from WHO posts threats to everyone. Diseases do not stop at borders. With nearly 68.9 million international flight passengers travelling through Taiwan in 2018, any epidemic could spread to every corner of the world in no time. Including Taiwan in WHO’s work ensures that there is no white spot in global disease control effort.