Public Health Insurance to Cover Drug Rehab

      November 29, 2023 09:48

      Treatment for drug addiction will be covered mostly by public health insurance from next year as the issue makes increasing headlines.
      The Ministry of Health and Welfare made the decision in a policy meeting on Tuesday. The ministry operates 25 free rehabilitation centers across the country to help people overcome drug addiction. 
      Until now, the ministry shouldered the entire cost of treatment, but starting next year, the National Health Insurance Service will bear 70 percent of the cost and the ministry the rest.
      The number of people requiring rehab rose from 420 in 2022 to more than 500 this year, but the available budget remained the same. The government hopes the NHIS coverage will help expand treatment opportunities.  
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