Chapter VI Distribution of Medical Manpower and Facilities
For the purposes of promoting the balanced development of medical care resources, overall planning of existing public and private medical care institutions, and the reasonable distribution of manpower, the central competent authority shall divide medical regions, establish medical level system, and create a plan for medical care network.
The competent authority may provide incentives for the establishment of non-governmental medical care institutions and nursing homes in areas lacking medical care resources in accordance with the plan for medical care network referred to in the preceding Paragraph. When necessary, the government shall establish said medical care institutions.
The division of medical regions shall take into account the medical care resources and distribution of population within the region, and may exceed the boundaries of municipalities or counties (cities).
The municipal or county (city) competent authority shall examine the establishment or expansion of medical care institutions within the respective jurisdictions in accordance with the plan for medical care network established by the central competent authority. However, the establishment or expansion of large-scale hospitals of a certain scope shall be reported to the central competent authority for approval.
The competent authority shall restrict the establishment or expansion of medical care or nursing institutions in areas with surplus of medical facilities.
For the purposes of promoting the development of the medical industry, improving the quality and efficiency of medical care, and balancing the distribution of medical care resources, the central competent authority shall adopt incentive measures.
The regulations regarding the items, methods, and other coordinative measures of the incentive measures referred to in the preceding Paragraph shall be determined by the central competent authority.
The central competent authority shall establish a medical development fund for the purpose of providing the incentives referred to in the preceding Article. The regulations regarding the revenues and expenditures, safekeeping, and use of the fund shall be determined by the Executive Yuan.
When necessary, the central competent authority may review and assess the dangerous medical instruments that are to be purchased and used by medical care institutions.
Corporate or foundations for public interests purpose, within the scopes of purposes of their constitutions, in order to promote research and development plans to upgrade medical care techniques, and their capital investments exceed a certain level, may, upon permission of the central competent authority, in accordance with regulations of Article 30 and Article 31, establish corporate medical care institutions and purchase and use dangerous medical care instruments.
Regulations governing the review and assessment of the dangerous medical instruments referred to in Paragraph 1 shall be determined by the central competent authority.