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Author's Reply: National Health Insurance database in Taiwan

  • Chia-Hung Kao
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    Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Science and School of Medicine, College of Medicine, China Medical University, No. 2, Yuh-Der Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan
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Published:April 13, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2016.03.032
      We very appreciate these valuable comments for the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in Taiwan [
      • Wu Y.T.
      • Lee H.Y.
      National Health Insurance Database in Taiwan: a resource or obstacle for health research?.
      ,
      • Wu T.-Y.
      • Majeed A.
      • Kuo K.N.
      An overview of the healthcare system in Taiwan.
      ]: The NHIRD covers a highly representative sample of Taiwan's general population because the reimbursement policy is universal and operated by a single-buyer, the government in Taiwan. All insurance claims should be scrutinized by medical reimbursement specialists and peer review [
      • Kao C.-H.
      Reply letter to the comments.
      ]. In addition, JAMA Internal Medicine already highly recommended these strengths of these observation-epidemiology studies based on the NHIRD and their population-based design with a very large sample size including study and control cohorts. More advantages include enormous sample size and lack of selection and participation bias. The process for data mining and accessing was already established by the NHIRD. Therefore, vast amounts of information can be obtained at a minimal cost [
      • Hsing A.W.
      • Ioannidis J.P.
      Nationwide population science: lessons from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database.
      ].
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