Taiwan: Chronic kidney disease incurs biggest healthcare outlay

| 22 Jul 2020

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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