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Sunday, 22 November 2015
Cabinet approves long-term care program - TAIWAN
A three-year, NT$30 billion (US$921 million) program to boost the
development of long-term care services for the elderly and disabled in
Taiwan was passed by the Cabinet Nov. 19.
three-year, NT$30 billion program to foster the development of
long-term care services for elderly and disabled citizens was approved
by the Cabinet Nov. 19.
Aiming to enhance the quality and productivity of the long-term
care industry, the initiative will integrate public and private
resources, Premier Mao Chi-kuo said, adding he expects to see a healthy
business environment in place when related insurance and service bills
take effect in 2017.
“Services targeting the needs of society’s elderly members are
projected to see exponential growth going forward,” he said. “Building
on the raft of measures scheduled for implementation, the government is
working to create a sustainable ecosystem with a sufficient workforce
and active participation from enterprises.”
Mao made the remarks after being briefed on the program by the
Ministry of Health and Welfare during a Cabinet meeting in Taipei City.
Under the initiative, NT$30 billion will be spent over the next
three years to upgrade the sector’s human resources by expanding
employment opportunities, improving working conditions and strengthening
professional certification. In total, the MOHW plans to increase the
number of caregivers and medical personnel in the industry by 30,000 and
8,000, respectively, within three years.
Special attention will be given to the country’s outlying islands
and remote regions, with adult day care services projected to be
available in all townships by the end of 2016.
In addition, the ministry plans to bolster Taiwan’s long-term
care services by adding a moderate level of corporate investment to the
mix, with the private sector expected to help facilitate development
primarily in the areas of assistive devices, community and
household-based services, senior housing facilities and transportation.
“As of year-end 2014, roughly 11.9 percent of Taiwan’s
population, or 2.8 million people, was already aged 65 or over,” MOHW
Minister Chiang Been-huang said.
“Among these seniors, approximately 460,000 were disabled and
required professional assistance. The situation serves as a salient
reminder of the need for enhanced measures to promote the sustainable
development of the long-term care sector.”
Chiang said he expects the three-year program to substantively
expand Taiwan’s long-term care capacity, which will ensure that services
are extended to not just seniors but all mentally and physically
challenged citizens by 2018. (YHC-CM)