Government promoting quality, affordable, accessible long-term care system

  • Date: 2016-07-15
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

The  Executive  Yuan’s  long-term  care  task  force  held  its  first  meeting  today  to  discuss  the  establishment  of  a  quality,  affordable  and  accessible  long-term  care  system.  Headed  by  Minister-without-Portfolio  Lin  Wan-I,  the  task  force  was  formed  under  the  new  administration  to  implement  long-term  care  policies,  create  a  comprehensive  care  service  system,  increase  resources  and  cultivate  care  workers.

The  meeting  centered  on  a  reboot  of  the  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare’s  (MOHW)  National  10-year  Long-term  Care  Plan  that  was  approved  in  2007  by  the  Executive  Yuan.  On  the  front  end,  the  version  2.0  plan  will  promote  the  health  and  well-being  of  senior  citizens  by  integrating  early-stage  preventative  health  care  and  encouraging  seniors  to  be  more  active  so  as  to  minimize  disabilities.  On  the  back  end,  it  will  provide  multipurpose  community-type  services  and  at-home  end-of-life  hospice  care  to  ease  the  burden  on  family  members.  This  wide  range  of  continual  care  services  from  home-  and  community-based  services  to  institutional  care  will  lend  greater  support  to  affected  families.

The  “long-term  care  2.0  plan”  will  also  integrate  resources  across  government  agencies  while  promoting  innovative  services  such  as  dementia  care,  integrated  services  for  remote  indigenous  communities,  small-scale  multifunctional  services,  and  family  caregiver  support  stations.  The  budget  for  these  efforts  is  expected  to  run  about  NT$20.7  billion  (US$638.9  million)  for  2017.

Committee  members  commended  the  MOHW  on  the  new  plan  and  provided  recommendations  on  integrating  community  care  models  and  operating  mechanisms.  Lin  instructed  the  ministry  to  help  improve  public  understanding  by  consolidating  the  operating  models,  personnel  requirements  and  facilities  of  different  service  programs.  He  also  directed  the  ministry  to  be  mindful  of  rural-urban  gaps,  remain  flexible,  and  cooperate  actively  with  local  governments.

Today’s  meeting  focused  on  such  practical  topics  as  community  care  stations,  long-term  care  workers,  cooperation  among  central  and  local  governments  and  the  private  sector,  as  well  as  resources  for  indigenous  groups,  veterans  and  remote  communities.  Minister  Lin  hoped  today’s  discussions  and  recommendations  will  help  speed  up  the  establishment  of  the  long-term  care  system  and  improve  the  quality  of  life  for  care  providers  and  receivers.

The  missions  of  the  Executive  Yuan  long-term  care  task  force  include  consultation  and  implementation  of  policies,  and  coordination  and  supervision  of  interministerial  tasks.  MOHW  Deputy  Minister  Lu  Pau-ching  serves  as  deputy  convener  and  chief  executive  officer  of  the  task  force,  which  consists  of  central  and  local  government  officials,  various  experts  and  scholars,  and  representatives  of  professional  service  groups.