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    Quarantined foreigners without NHI to pay

    AVIAN FLU:Uninsured foreigners would be responsible for part of the cost. Almost half of the 14,689 Chinese tourists expected this week come from affected regions

    By Alison Hsiao */* Staff reporter

    Starting today, non-Taiwanese who are not covered by the National Health Insurance (NHI) will have to shoulder some medical costs if they are quarantined due to H7N9 avian influenza, a category 5 notifiable communicable disease in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center said......
    “Foreigners not covered by the NHI, if infected with H7N9 and under mandatory quarantine, will be charged for part of their medical fees, with the exception of fees for the ward, virus detection, anti-virus medication and meals,” Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said, adding that since such quarantine would be obligated by law, it would be reasonable for the government to shoulder some of the costs.
    Mandatory quarantine measures against notifiable communicable diseases are required by Article 44 of the Communicable Disease Control Act (傳染病防治法), Chou said.
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    Chou said this was a deterrent “against those who might take advantage of our hospitality.”
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    Chou and Chang advised people planning to travel to Taiwan to insure themselves against accidents and the risk of incurring medical expenses.
    “Medical expenses can be high if intensive care is required,” Chang said.
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    “About 49 percent of the Chinese tourists expected to come in the May 1 to May 7 period are from the H7N9-affected regions, which now include eight Chinese provinces and two cities,” Lin said.

    Full story: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiw.../01/2003561170

  • AlaskaDenise
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    Re: Taiwan - Quarantined foreigners without insurance required to pay for a portion of medical expenses.

    About 49 percent of the Chinese tourists expected to come in the May 1 to May 7 period are from the H7N9-affected regions
    No wonder they are so concerned.

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