Taiwan’s national health insurance system spent more to treat chronic kidney disease than any other disease in 2019, according to a list of the 10 ailments with the biggest outlays released by the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA).
Treatments for chronic kidney disease, including for kidney dialysis for 92,000 patients, cost the NHIA NT$53.3bn ($1.8bn) in 2019, reported Central News Agency quoting the NHIA figures.

The list of the top 10 ailments in terms of size of treatment outlay is as follows:   











Ailment


Medical treatment cost NT$




Chronic kidney disease


53.3bn




Type 2 diabetes


30.8bn




Gingivitis and periodontal disease


18bn




Dental caries


16.4bn




Essential hypertension


14bn




Cancer (radiation therapy/chemotherapy)


13.4bn




Respiratory failure


12.5bn




Coronary artery disease


12.2bn




Schizophrenia


11.5bn




Malign bronchial and lung tumours


11bn




 

According to the NHIA, the number of dialysis patients grew slightly from 90,000 in 2018 to around 92,000 last year.

Meanwhile, the NHIA statistics showed that the treatment for respiratory disease, given to about 41,000 people in Taiwan last year, had the highest cost per patient at NT$302,000.


 

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