Speech Introduce
Reforming Taiwan’s National Health Insurance with Steady Implementations
Abstract Of Speech

National Health Insurance (NHI) is a single-payer and mandatory program in Taiwan, as well it offers a comprehensive and uniform benefits package to all those covered by NHI. Meanwhile, there are over 93% medical care facilities contracted and reimbursed medical fee to NHIA in Taiwan. All the reimbursement detail was cumulated, then biomedical data and medical images have also begun to be included from 2015 and 2018 individually.

Based on the updated medical data, the “NHI MediCloud System” was built for sharing individual’s medication and examination reports, and this system reclaimed high praise from medical professions. Moreover, the “My Health Bank System” was built for the public and the users was more than 10 million on June, 2022. These two systems play key roles when combating the COVID-19 since 2020.

As the Director General of Taiwan’s National Health Insurance, I will highlight my reforming strategies to enhance the digital health transformation and smart medicine for the public. With the big data models and the artificial intelligence (AI) applications, I focus on the core value of data management to enhance medical quality and ensure the sustainable schema of the NHIA. In my talk, I will share several real-world examples of healthcare policy improvements using NHI big data. The application of digital health transformation is definitely not a slogan, but is implemented in every policy launched by the National Health Insurance Administration.

I am pleased to share with you the new publication entitled “Digital Health Care in Taiwan: Innovations of National Health Insurance.” In this book, the authors reveal the secret of know-how in our health care management, particularly emphasizing on its application of digital technology for the improvement of healthcare access and quality. This is an open access book published by Springer so as to maximize its accessibility. The printed version is also available for order at Springer’s website.

Invited Speaker
Name : Po-Chang Lee

Current Position :
Director General
Professor of Surgery

Affiliation : National Health Insurance Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare&&Medical College, National Cheng-Kung University

e-mail : hhtai@nhi.gov.tw

I started as a surgery professor, then became a hospital director, and now I am Director General of the NHIA for six years. I have seen changes that need to be made in the NHI system. But it takes time to improve. After all, procedures must be followed to ensure effective and lasting systematic reform. I take my job seriously, planning out blueprints and implementing policies. My colleagues and I at the NHIA will actively work with partners in the medical profession to do our part for the people. I hope to build a sound medical and management structure, and actively communicate and improve the reform of the National Health Insurance, hoping to provide a win-win health care system for the public and healthcare providers. Although my work is very busy and busy, I still maintain a happy mood and look at the challenges I face positively. I hope that the proposed plans will make the National Health Insurance work for a long time.


Doctor of Medicine, Taipei Medical College(1971-1979)

Master of Laws, National Cheng Kung University(2005-2008)

Research Fellow, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan(1994-1995)

Research Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, USA(1984-1985)

Work Experience

Chairperson of the Board, Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center(2011-2020)

Superintendent, Tainan Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare(2012-2016.05)

President , Transplantation Society of Taiwan(2008-2011)

Professor, Medical College of the National Cheng Kung University(2001-)

Director of Surgery, National Cheng Kung University Hospital(2004-2008)

Visiting Scholar, University of Minnesota, USA(1995.06)

Visiting Scholar, The Johns Hopkins University, USA(1995.05)

Visiting Scholar, National Cancer Center, Japan(1993.03-04)

Areas Of Expertise

Renal transplantation, General Surgery

Promotion and Education of Organ Donation

National Health Insurance (NHI) Policy and Implementation