Taiwan has a mandatory comprehensive National Health Insurance
plan. Costs are shared among the worker, the employer and the government.
Taiwanese practise two types of healing, traditional and western. For example,
acupuncture, the ancient Chinese form of needle therapy, sometimes cures or
alleviates diseases. Pharmacies in Taiwan specialize in both western and
traditional Chinese medicines.
The government provides health programs to the residents of
the mountainous areas, which make up most of the landscape, and to the offshore
islands. These people rely heavily on the local health stations where they are
offered general patient treatment and emergency care. These health stations also
provide educational programs. For example, people can learn about maternal and
child health, family planning, prevention and control of geriatric, acute and
Did you know?
Qigong is a form of traditional Chinese medical treatment based on energy-control
Medical treatment and dental work cost less in Taiwan than in
any western country. The medical facilities and services are very good and up to
date. People newly arrived from Taiwan will have little difficulty adapting to
Canada's health care system. Like Canadians, the Taiwanese believe a balanced
diet and exercise are important for good health and a long life.