Ministry of Health and Welfare (Taiwan)

Ministry of Health and Welfare
Wèishēng Fúlì Bù
Agency overview
Formed 17 March 1971 (as Department of Health)
23 July 2013 (as MOHW)
Preceding agency
  • Department of Health
Jurisdiction  Republic of China
Headquarters Taipei City
Ministers responsible
Parent agency Executive Yuan

The Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of China (MOHW; Chinese: 中華民國衛生福利部; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó Wèishēng Fúlì Bù) is the Executive Yuan ministry responsible for the administration of the public health system, social welfare, affordable and universal health care, hospitals, pharmaceutical, immunization programs, disease prevention, supervision and coordination of local health agencies in Taiwan.[1]


The ministry was originally established on 17 March 1971 as the Department of Health (DOH; Chinese: 衛生署; pinyin: Wèishēng Shǔ). The department was upgraded to Ministry of Health and Welfare on 23 July 2013 with the addition from the agencies in the Ministry of the Interior responsible for social welfare following restructuring of the Executive Yuan.

The original building of the MOHW was located at Datong District, Taipei when it was still named the Department of Health and being renamed Ministry of Health and Welfare. The Executive Yuan approved the construction for the new building of the then Department of Health in 2007 at Nangang District, Taipei. After years of planning and construction, the building was finally completed in May 2014. On 18 June 2014, the opening ceremony of the new MOHW building was attended by President Ma Ying-jeou, legislators, and representatives from various government agencies and related organizations.[2]

Organizational structure

Political departments

  • Department of Planning
  • Department of Social Insurance
  • Department of Social Assistance and Social Work
  • Department of Protective Service
  • Department of Nursing and Health Care
  • Department of Medical Affairs
  • Department of Mental and Oral Health
  • Department of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy

Administrative departments

  • Department of Secretarial Affairs
  • Department of Personnel
  • Department of Civil Service Ethics
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Information Management
  • Legal Affairs Committee
  • Hospital and Social Welfare Organizations Administration Commission
  • National Health Insurance Administration
  • National Health Insurance Dispute Mediation Committee
  • Health and Welfare Workers Training Center
  • Office of International Cooperation
  • National Pension Supervisory Committee


List of Ministers

  Kuomintang   Democratic Progressive Party   Non-partisan/ unknown

Name Term of Office Days Party Premier
Minister of the Department of Health
1 Yen Chun-hui (顏春輝) 17 March 197125 June 19741196 Yen Chia-kan
Chiang Ching-kuo
2 Wang Chin-mao (王金茂) 25 June 19749 May 19812510 Chiang Ching-kuo
Sun Yun-suan
3 Hsu Tzu-chiu (許子秋) 9 May 198114 January 19861711 Sun Yun-suan
Yu Kuo-hua
4 Shih Chun-jen (施純仁) 14 January 19862 June 19901600 Yu Kuo-hua
Lee Huan
5 Chang Po-ya (張博雅) 2 June 19901 September 19972648 Independent Hau Pei-tsun
Lien Chan
6 Steve Chan (詹啟賢) 1 September 199719 May 2000992 Independent [3] Vincent Siew
7 Lee Ming-liang (李明亮) 20 May 200031 August 2002833 Independent Tang Fei
Chang Chun-hsiung I
Yu Shyi-kun
Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) 1 September 200231 December 2002121 Democratic Progressive Party Yu Shyi-kun
8 Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) 31 December 200218 May 2003138 Democratic Progressive Party Yu Shyi-kun
9 Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) 18 May 20031 February 2005625 Independent Yu Shyi-kun
Wang Hsiu-hong (王秀紅) 2 February 200516 February 200514 Yu Shyi-kun
10 Hou Sheng-mao (侯勝茂) 17 February 200519 May 20081187 Frank Hsieh
Su Tseng-chang
Chang Chun-hsiung II
11 Lin Fang-you (林芳郁) 20 May 200825 September 2008128 Liu Chao-shiuan
Wu Den-yih
12 Yeh Ching-chuan (葉金川) 26 September 20086 August 2009314 Kuomintang Liu Chao-shiuan
13 Yang Chih-liang (楊志良) 6 August 20098 February 2011551 Kuomintang Liu Chao-shiuan
Wu Den-yih
14 Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) 8 February 201122 July 2013895 Wu Den-yih
Sean Chen
Jiang Yi-huah
Minister of Health and Welfare (since 23 July 2013)
1 Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) 23 July 20133 October 2014438 Jiang Yi-huah
Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) 3 October 201422 October 201419 Jiang Yi-huah
2 Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) 22 October 201419 May 2016575 Jiang Yi-huah
Mao Chi-kuo
Chang San-cheng
3 Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) 20 May 20167 February 2017263 Lin Chuan
4 Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) 8 February 2017Incumbent548 Lin Chuan
William Lai


The MOHW building is accessible within walking distance East from Kunyang Station of Taipei Metro.

See also


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