The NHI covers over 16,000 essential drugs and medications for rare diseases. As of June 2016, a total of 5,992 pharmacies nationwide were contracted under the system, ensuring convenient public access to medications. The pharmacies also provide patient education services, including advice on when and how to take prescribed drugs.
To ensure an equitable distribution of medical resources and further strengthen safety standards, the NHI Administration under the MOHW has enacted reforms in areas like monitoring and control of medication quality. Related measures include regular drug pricing investigations and the establishment of a cloud-based system enabling physicians to access patients’ medication records.