Medical patients who seek a second opinion may soon need to pay for it. Starting next year, national health insurance will no longer cover repeated tests without a clear reason.
Taiwan's national health insurance covers important tests for cardiovascular diseases and cancer, such as MRI and CT scans. Some patients are known to undergo the same tests at different hospitals to get a second opinion.
The NHI will no longer cover such repeat tests starting from January. NHI head Lee Po-chang said a doctor must review a patient's records and determine whether repeated testing is necessary. Patients who undergo the same test within 28 days of the first without doctor's recommendation will need to pay for it themselves.
The NHI said the new policy aims to reduce wasting medical resources, since there have been cases where patients undergo the same test multiple times within a short period.