DOH reveals additional subsidies to stop smoking(The China Post)
TAIPEI--A modified health care program aimed at reducing the smoking rate in Taiwan will take effect in March, the Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday.
From March 1, participants will only need to cover some of the cost of the program, to a maximum of NT$200 (US$6.76), compared to the previous cost of NT$550-NT$1,250, said the Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) under the DOH, adding that people from low income families can participate free of charge.
Under the program, quitters are eligible to apply for the subsidy twice per year, with a maximum eight-week treatment cycle, BHP officials said.
Patients seeking emergency services and hospitalized patients are also eligible to access the service, currently offered by around 2,000 hospitals and clinics around the country.
Meanwhile, drugstores will from July also provide the service under the program, which includes health consultation, case management and managing drug supplies, according to the BHP.