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When you visit a doctor or are discharged from a hospital, please remember to get a receipt from the hospital or clinic as well as an itemized list of medical expenses and an itemized list of medications prescribed.

1.Receipt

(1)The receipt should include "items covered by NHI" and "out-of-pocket expense items" along with the NHI Card treatment serial number. If you choose to itemize your deductions when filing personal income taxes, the receipt can be used as an itemized tax deduction. The NHI Card treatment serial number tracks a patient's number of outpatient visits for the year and prevents the NHI Card from being mistakenly used.

(2)Some clinics and hospitals combine the receipt and itemized list of medical expenses on one receipt, while others separate them.

2.Itemized List of Medical Expenses

(1)The itemized medical expense list for any doctor's visit or hospital stay should include out-of-pocket expenses (including the registration fee, co-payments and other expenses), total medical expenses, the amount to be covered by insurance, and itemized expenses (including the costs of examinations, treatment, medication and drug dispensing services). If a patient has undergone physical therapy or traditional Chinese medicine traumatology therapy, the itemized list of medical expenses should include a list of therapies and total time involved.

(2)With this list, patients can check if the clinics or hospitals they visited collected co-payments correctly and see how much of the total bill was covered by the National Health Insurance program.

3.Medication Lists

(1)The medication list should include the patient's name and gender, the name of the drug(s), instructions for the drug's unit, amount, usage and dosage, the dispensing unit's (health care institution or pharmacy) name, address, and phone number, the dispenser's name, the date the drugs were dispensed (or received by the patient), and any drug-related warnings. This information shall be printed on the prescription packet in accordance with the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act. If information cannot be listed on the prescription packet, drug details shall be provided separately.

(2)The medication list can help patients clearly understand what drugs they are using and how to use them. It can also serve as a reference for physicians with different specialties when administering treatment for other ailments.