I’m currently “suckling at the NHI teet” as a foreigner and am very grateful. Although I pay a pittance for the shite I’m getting looked after I don’t think a case like mine is the drag on the system so much as the public pay-private hospital system is. I’ve had 3 different times where the hospital has insisted I occupy a bed Fri., Sat., and Sun. for an outpatient procedure scheduled on a Monday. Each time I’d suggested that maybe the bed would be better utilized for someone who needed it and every time was threatened with a bump down on the waiting list. And each time I insisted that I be allowed to go home and stay in my own bed with the promise that I would come back on Sunday night to satisfy the rules. They just didn’t have the system in place to deal with a patient who might consider it a waste of resources. Doctors, nurses and administration all told me that is just the way it is and that Taiwanese don’t complain.
So to me it’s either the god-like status of Doctors who fuel the drain through compliant worship from the citizenry or most of these poor slobs who’re working 12 hrs a day 6 days a week consider a hospital stay somewhat of a holiday.