Taiwan launched a single-payer National Health Insurance program on March 1, 1995. As of 2014, 99.9% of Taiwan’s population were enrolled.[1] Foreigners in Taiwan are also eligible for this program. The database of this program contains registration files and original claim data for reimbursement. Large computerized databases derived from this system by the National Health Insurance Administration (the former Bureau of National Health Insurance, BNHI), Ministry of Health and Welfare (the former Department of Health, DOH), Taiwan and maintained by the National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan, are provided to scientists in Taiwan for research purposes.

[1] National Health Insurance Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan, R.O.C. (2014). National Health Insurance Annual Report 2014-2015.

The National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) service has been terminated with effect from June 28, 2016. All files including raw and backup data have been returned to National Health Insurance Administration under contract, while data processed by National Health Research Institutes have been destroyed simultaneously. Kindly visit MOHW and NHIA on-site services for National Health Insurance Data.