at NTUH Taipei hospital today I was asked invoiced to pay NT40 for a regular blood test report. Arriving at the desk for payment, the computer printed NT$42. The desk lady said they could not do anything and I had to pay to get my report.
When asking the department that provided the invoice, I was told that NTUH now charges different fees for foreigners and citizens, no matter foreigner are covered by health insurance or not. After inquiring the management, they informed they are aware of this case and already received more complaints.
The reason is that the government had made requests since last year to up-charge foreigners and it is up to each hospital themselves to find a way to implements it.
Three month ago I payed NT$40, Today NT$52 with the only apparent reason for being a foreigner. It’s not a big amount of money, the it’s about the principle that this is deeply wrong.
What will happen when this goes on, sooner or later foreigner need to pay much larger amounts for the same service even paying the same health insurance (or maybe in the future more?)
Perhaps Taiwan is implementing more new laws and regulations that discriminates between citizens and foreigner. So please be aware what you pay and check if Taiwanese pay less and try to avoid such up-charges.