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臺灣高雄監獄衛生科Q&A

(一)How to apply for out-of-prison medical treatment on bail?

Answer

(1) What is “Out-of-Prison Medical Treatment on Bail?”

An inmate can ask his family to bail him out for self-paid medical treatment in the hospital outside the Prison.  (As it can be regarded as “temporary imprisonment,” the inmate does not need to be monitored 24 hours a day by the prison correctional officers.  He may undergo the treatment in the hospital outside the Prison for quite a long time; however, the period of hospitalization will not be included in the prison term.)

 

 (2) Conditions on Out-of-Prison Medical Treatment on Bail:

a. An inmate developing diseases is subject to free treatment in the Prison.  When the Prison’s clinic cannot provide him with effective treatment (for lack of medical professionals or equipments), however, he is allowed to be bailed out for out-of-prison medical treatment, when approved by the Ministry of Justice.

b. An inmate can be bailed out for out-of-prison medical treatment if he/she cannot take care of himself/herself due to aging or disability, or if she is pregnant for over five months or has given birth less than two months.

 

 (3) Procedure of Application for Out-of-Prison Medical Treatment on Bail:

a. You may fill in the application form first and submit the original copy of the medical certificate issued by

any public hospitals to us (i.e., the Sanitation and Health Section of the Prison) within ten days of yourapplication.  In receiving the application documents required, we will then submit your application to the Ministry of Justice.

b. When approved by the Ministry of Justice, you may apply to your local district prosecutors’ office for

bail.  (Note that he who is sentenced to more than ten years in prison should have the bail certificate or pay bail if he does not have any.)

 

 (4) How to Extend the Period of Hospitalization?

You may submit the latest copy of the medical certificate to us once a month.  The medical certificate must be issued by the local hospital within ten days of your application.  If there are no public hospitals in your neighborhood, the medical certificate can also be issued by any private hospitals.

 

 (5) The Guarantor Must Note the Following:

a. Superintendent of the Prison will assign the prison doctor to make an inspection at least once a month.

b. You should help the inmate to maintain his moral character and restrain him from committing illegal acts.

c. When the inmate has recovered from illness or the period of hospitalization is due, send him back to the Prison.  (Note that you should apply to your local district prosecutors’ office to cancel the bail first.)

d. When changing hospitals or living places, you should report to the Prison immediately.

e. If you find that the inmate intends to escape but do not report to the Prison, the cancellation of the bail will not be accepted.

 

 (6) Death During Out-of-Prison Medical Treatment on Bail:

a. Family of the deceased inmate should bring the death certificate to the local district prosecutors’ office to get back the bail.

b. Family of the deceased inmate should also send by mail the death certificate and the household cancellation certificate to the Roster Management Unit of the General Affairs Section of the Prison (or bring these documents to us yourself).

 

(二)How to apply for out-of-prison medical treatment?

Answer:

(1) What is Out-of-Prison Medical Treatment?

An ill inmate is sent to the hospital outside the Prison for medical treatment under the prison correctional officers’ security and control.  However, costs for the medical treatment shall be paid by the inmate.  (There is no need to apply for bail or release.  As the inmate is still under the prison correctional officers’ security and control, the inmate can be regarded as serving his sentence in the Prison.  Thus, the period of hospitalization will be included in the prison term, but it should not be too long.)

 (2) Rules Governing Out-of-Prison Medical Treatment:

When the Prison’s clinic cannot provide effective treatment (for lack of medical professionals or equipments), an inmate developing disease is allowed to undergo self-paid treatment outside the Prison.  He, however, needs to get the referral form and permission first.

 (3) Are the Hospitalization Costs Paid by National Health Insurance?

As Article 11 of the National Health Insurance Act stipulates, “Those who are confined in the detention centers or in prisons because of criminal punishment, rehabilitative disciplines, or reformatory education, are not covered by this Insurance, unless their terms are less than two months.  Those who are subject to a protective restriction order, however, are still covered by this Insurance.”  Those who are not covered by this Insurance shall be withdrawn from it if they have subscribed to it.

 (4) Documents Required for Applying for Medical Subsidies:

a. The Poverty Certificate.

b. Treatment Subsidy Application Form for Inmates.

c. Certificate of Diagnosis.

4. Supporting Documents for Treatment Subsidy from the Ministry of Justice.

 

(三)How can an inmates family send medicine to him?

Answer:

There are three ways to buy prescription medicine at one’s cost (when the Sanitation and Health Section cannot provide effective medication.)

a.       The Prison purchases the required medicine through public bidding.  (No extra fees will be charged.)

b.      With the Prison doctor’s prescription and through submission of application, an inmate can ask his family to send him medicine at the reception room or via mail.  The inmate will get the medicine when the medicine is approved by the doctor of the Sanitation and Health Section.  (When sending Chinese herbal medicine to the inmate, his family should also enclose an assurance certificate with a guarantee of no side effects and are willing to bear full legal liabilities.)

c.       The medicine got during out-of-prison medical treatment can be brought into the Prison.  After the examination by the Sanitation and Health Section, it can be taken by the inmate.

 

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