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Tycoon calls for health, legal reforms to retain professionals

2012/06/30 16:43:16

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Taiwan needs to reform its health insurance system and amend the relevant laws to help retain its medical professionals and boost its competitiveness in the field of health care, a tycoon suggested Saturday.

"Do it today or regret tomorrow," said Terry Gou, chairman of the Hon Hai Group, on the sidelines of a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of a therapy center he funded.

The government should take the steps of health reform and carry out law amendments before it is too late, otherwise Taiwanese mayneed to travel abroad to obtain proper medical treatment in thefuture, he said.

Gou's remarks came amid reports that a Taiwanese physician has decided to forego his promotion to a top position at Taiwan's most reputable hospital and move to Singapore instead.

"The situation hasn't gotten out of hand, but the government really needs to pay more attention to it," Guo said.

He also suggested that health insurance premiums should be calculated on the ability to pay.

Those who have more should pay more,” he said.

The current system of having everyone, rich and poor alike, pay "equal" premiums does not work, Guo said.

Gou, in collaboration with National Taiwan University, is funding a cancer hospital in Taiwan, which is scheduled to open in 2013.

However, there are still some legal issues to be resolved, he said.

He called on the government to revise its regulations on matters such as public university funding, so that the hospital can go into operation as soon as possible.

(By James Lee)