Reported by Chen Jun-kai from Taipei
According to the statistics released by the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans cost the NHIA NT$16.6 billion a year and were ranked as the top and the third reimbursement application respectively in examination category. NHIA analyses, however, found that 20 percent of the people who performed CT scans did not report back to seek medical advice. In order to minimize waste caused by repeated tests, the NHIA, at the beginning of next year, will implement new control measures requiring doctors to retrieve patients’ medical records in the past one month before writing an outpatient examination report. Doctors who do not meet the requirement may have their reimbursement applications rejected.