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Fight for Subsidy to Maternal Serum Screening Test for Down Syndrome

  • Date: 2018-12-13
  • Issued by: Health Bureau

Children are our future. To ensure healthy pregnant women to give birth to healthy babies, the Taichung City Government has raised its subsidy budget for pre-pregnancy checkups from NT$ 1,500,000 to NT$ 2,000,000. Xu Yong-nian (徐永年), Director- general of Health Bureau also said to fight for subsidy to prenatal maternal serum screening test for Down syndrome, with older and economically disadvantaged pregnant women as a target priority.

On the city council meeting held on November 12, city councilors Zhang Liao Wan-jian (張廖萬堅) and Tsai Ya-ling (蔡雅玲) enquired about what friendly measures to pregnant women the city government has been taking. They also hoped that Taichung can follow Taipei to subsidize prenatal maternal serum screening test for Down syndrome.

Health Bureau Director-general Xu said, “The city government attaches great importance to the health of pregnant women and will surely fight for a budget to subsidize the prenatal maternal serum screening test for Down syndrome. We will target the older and economically disadvantaged pregnant women as a priority for subsidy.

“To take care of the health of pregnant women and their babies, the city government has been providing health checks to those married couples before pregnancy. In 2015, we have put aside a budget of NT$ 1, 500, 000 and will increase it to NT$ 2,000,000 in 2016.

“During their pregnancy, pregnant women are provided with prenatal health checks for 10 times, health education, and group B streptococcus screening. According to the birth-registration statistics of the Ministry of the Interior, 12.6 % of new born babies are produced by women aged 35-39 and 1.8% by women aged 40 and older. Therefore, we are providing amniocentesis and health checks for genetic diseases to the older pregnant women. Moreover, we also provides artificial reproduction subsidies to infertile couples who are economically disadvantaged.”

  • Date : 2015-11-25
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