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When you fall ill, you should remember that the National Health Insurance (NHI) is there for you. It was launched on March 1, 1995 to safeguard the right to health care of all of the country’s citizens.

The National Health Insurance program is compulsory for all citizens starting from birth. It is founded on the concept of mutual assistance and depends on the insured paying their premiums according to regulations. By law, every Taiwanese citizen with official residency or foreign national living in Taiwan with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), regardless of age, gender, or employment status, must enroll in the program. Also, this insurance program lasts an entire lifetime. No one may arbitrarily withdraw, except for those who lose their insurance eligibility (such as people who give up their Taiwan citizenship, move abroad, let their Alien Resident Certificate expire, or a person who goes missing).

When people fall ill, the government uses the premiums it receives to help patients pay part of their medical and medication costs to contracted health care institutions. In this way, when we are ill, we can obtain appropriate medical care for a reasonable sum of money. In other words, by paying your monthly National Health Insurance premiums on time, you are not only helping yourself but also are receiving help from other premium payers. When others become ill, they will also receive help from you.