Did you know that your NHI (National Health Insurance) provides preventative medical care? Depending on your age, you may receive these free services. You will need to pay the check in fee.
Can foreigners in Taiwan receive preventive healthcare services? Absolutely!!
Foreigners in Taiwan who have joined the National Health Insurance can use the NHI IC card to the medical institutions that provide various preventive healthcare services. Those services and criteria are as follows:
Aging and Chronic Disease Control
Adult Preventive Care General Examinations
1. How Often?
(1) Once every 3 years for anyone between 40 and 65 years of age.
(2) Once every years for anyone 65 years of age and older
(3) Once every year for polio patients above 35 years of age
(4) Once every year for aborigines above 55 years of age
2. What the Exam Includes?
(1) Physical examination: general examination, height, weight, blood pressure, Body Mass Index, waist measurement
(2) Laboratory testing: blood chemistry and urine protein testing
(3) Health consultation: smoking cessation, controlled drinking, betal nut quitting, regular exercise, maintain normal weight, healthy diet, injury accident prevention, and oral care
Cancer Prevention and Control
1. Once a year for women 30 years of age and older
(a) Pap smear
(b) Pelvic exam
(c) Pathological testing
(1) Once every two year for women between 45 and 70 years of age.
(2) Once every two years for women between 40 and 45 years of age who have previous family history of breast cancer (mother, daughter, sister, grandmother).
Fecal Occult Blood Test
Program Details: Once every two years for anyone between 50 and 75 years of age.
Oral Mucosal Exam
(1) Once every two years for anyone 30 and above with a smoking and/or betel nut chewing habit (including those who have already quit).
(2) Subsidized once every two years for aboriginals ages 18 to 30 with a betel nut chewing habit.
Mother and Child Health
(a) First trimester (within 17 weeks) : two doctor visits
(b) Second trimester (between 17 weeks and before 29 weeks): two doctor visits
(c) Third trimester (after 29 weeks): six doctor visits
2. Exam Details
(a) Physical examination: personal and family medical history, personal pregnancy history, addiction inquiry, height, weight, blood pressure, breast, and abdomen examination.
(b) Blood and urine testing
(c) Ultrasound testing: provided once during the second trimester. For those who cannot have the test in their second trimester, they may have an ultrasound testing during their third trimester.
(d) Health education and guidance: a guide to pregnant life, pre-natal genetic diagnosis, nutrition, birth signs, breast-feeding, and addiction inquiry and referral.
Prenatal counseling service
(1) First trimester(Less than 17 weeks of pregnancy): 1X
(2) Third trimester(More than 29 weeks pregnant): 1X
2. Counseling for: Health education and instructions for ensuring maternal-fetal safety, nutrition during pregnancy, gender equality, psychological adjustment during pregnancy, labor and delivery preparation plan, and breastfeeding.
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) Screening
1. Once between 35 and 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Baby & Child Preventive Healthcare
(1) 4 doctor visits in the first 18 months.
(2) 1 doctor visit between 18 and 24 months.
(3) 1 doctor visit between two years old and before three years old
(4) 1 doctor visit between three years old and before seven years old
Includes: Physical examination: personal and family history inquiry, height, weight, hearing, eye, oral examination, and growth & development assessment
Dental fluoride application for children
(1) Once every half year for children under 6
(2) Once every 3 months to children under 12 who are in low-income household, disabled, registered under an aboriginal region, and remote and offshore islands.
(1) Professional dental fluoride application service
(2) General oral examination
(3) Health education and guidance: the use of fluoride, routine oral examination, brushing after meals, and healthy diet
3. Where: Every hospital or dental clinics which cooperate with National health insurance.
Pit and fissure sealant
1. When: Children can receive this treatment before 9 years old ( 108 months after birth), and can be re-evaluated 6 months and 12 months after the treatment was done.
2. What: Dentists will apply sealant on pit and fissure of permanent teeth and first molars.
3. Where: Every hospital or dental clinics with National health insurance.
1. Who: Nicotine addicts above 18 years of age（those scoring at least 4 points on the new Fagerström test or who smoke 10 cigarettes or more per day）
2. What: Provide each individual with 2 courses of medication and health education services every year (with each course lasting 8 weeks).
3. Where: Call (02)2351-0120
4. More information：http://www.hpa.gov.tw/English/index.aspx