Yeh Ching-chuan

Yeh Ching-chuan (Chinese: 葉金川; pinyin: Yè Jīnchuān; born 29 June 1950) is a Taiwanese politician.

Yeh Ching-chuan
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12th Minister of Department of Health of the Republic of China
In office
26 September 2008 – 6 August 2009
Preceded byLin Fang-you
Succeeded byYang Chih-liang
Personal details
Born (1950-06-29) 29 June 1950 (age 70)
Dadaocheng, Datong, Taipei, Taiwan
Political partyKuomintang
Alma materNational Taiwan University
Harvard University


Upon graduation from National Taiwan University medical school, Yeh began studying for his master's degree in public health. He then obtained an MPH in epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health in 1981.[1]

Political careerEdit

Yeh served as deputy mayor of Taipei under Ma Ying-jeou,[2] and was named a deputy secretary general of the presidential office at the start of Ma's first presidential term in 2008.[3] He later replaced Lin Fang-you as health minister in September 2008. In May 2009, the 2009 flu pandemic reached Taiwan.[4][5] Before it abated, Yeh resigned his position on 3 August to run for the Hualien County magistracy, but lost a primary to Tu Li-hua.[6][7]

In 2014, he was selected to lead a committee that explored possible changes to the National Health Insurance program.[8] Yeh later chaired the Taiwan Blood Services Foundation, resigning the position in 2017.[9][10]


  1. ^ "2012 Alumni Award of Merit: Ching-Chuan Yeh, MPH '81". Harvard University. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  2. ^ Chuang, Jimmy (16 January 2005). "Ma stays put to deal with furor over comatose girl". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  3. ^ Mo, Yan-chih (20 April 2008). "Ma picks top Presidential Office aides". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  4. ^ Chuang, Jimmy (21 May 2009). "Taiwan reports first case of A(H1N1) flu". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  5. ^ Chuang, Jimmy (26 May 2009). "CDC confirms first domestic flu case". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  6. ^ Mo, Yan-chih (27 July 2009). "ANALYSIS: Ma facing challenges with KMT". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  7. ^ Hsu, Jenny W.; Mo, Yan-chih; Wang, Flora (2 September 2009). "Yeh's loss shows lack of confidence in Ma, DPP says". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  8. ^ Hsu, Stacy (4 October 2014). "Health insurance proposals panned". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  9. ^ Wu, Liang-yi; Chung, Jake (10 March 2016). "Donated blood not used for plasma as bags are too small". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  10. ^ Chang, Ming-hsuan; Ku, Chuan; Low, Y. F. (12 January 2017). "Chairman of Taiwan Blood Services Foundation resigns". Central News Agency. Retrieved 12 January 2017.