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Taiwan Health Agency Warns of Growing Cost of HIV Therapy

September 28, 2012

Chen Chang-hsun, a division director at Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated at a public hearing on the agency's HIV therapy program, that the cost of free HIV treatment is putting pressure on the budget. Chen explained that the funding for HIV treatment rose from New Taiwan (NT) $1.37 billion (approximately US $47 million) and 23 percent of the overall budget in 2007 to NT $2.69 billion (approximately US $92 million), or 45 percent of its budget in 2011. Expenses for HIV treatment in 2011 is expected to reach NT $2.9 billion (approximately US $99 million), or 53 percent of the budget. Chou Jih-haw, deputy director-general, noted that the increase in spending on HIV has limited the funding available for other programs, such as

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Comment by: Jack (Taiwan) Fri., Oct. 5, 2012 at 1:56 am EDT
The Taiwan Government is very unfriendly toward HIV Positive patients. Civil rights such as Working rights, Medical privileges and Privacy are disregarded in many cases. Positive Foreigners are expelled from the country entirely once they are discovered. Before the Taiwan Government decide to start charging its positive citizens for treatments and cares, it is very necessary that the government should work on removing social discrimination and protecting the basic rights of the patients. These are the core of the issue at hand.
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