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Analysis of the Medical Market Share of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) in Taiwan Using National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD)
J Korean Med Rehabil 2018;28:133-44
Published online January 31, 2018;
Copyright © 2018 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Chang-Woon Jeung, K.M.D., Chang-Hyuk Choi, K.M.D., Hee-Geun Jo, K.M.D.*, Min-Yeong Song, K.M.D.

Research Institute of Korean Medicine Policy, The Association of Korean Medicine Chung-Yeon Medical Institute*, Jangsu-gun Health Center and County Hospital
Correspondence to: Hee-Geun Jo, Chung-Yeon Medical Institute, 64 Sangmujungang-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju 61949, Korea
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Received November 7, 2017; Revised December 13, 2017; Accepted December 21, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives Since the health insurance coverage for traditional Korean medicine is very low, some physicians and researcher have suggested that government’s institutional support is needed for korean medicine field. Therefore We examine the use of traditional medicine and western medicine in Taiwan, which operates a similar health insurance system to Korea.
Methods We selected several studies from Pubmed and NHIRD, that could be used to numerically evaluate the use of traditional medicine. We reviewed the current status of medical use in Taiwan and compare it with that of Korea.
Results Through a total of 87 studies, We found that 26.59%∼31% of Taiwanese use Traditional medical institutions more than once a year, and the use of traditional medicine has been increasing since 2000. In adults than children, in women than men, the use rate of traditional medicine was high. Especially, herbal medicine was the most common intervention, accounting for 70% of traditional medical care.
Conclusions The core of low insurance coverage for traditional Korean medicine is in lack of coverage for herbal medicine. Taiwan’s case shows that the unmet demand for traditional Korean medicine of the Korean population can exist widely.
Keywords : Traditional East Asia Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Medical Market, Health Insurance Coverage

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