Premier pledges to integrate resources for long-term care

  • Date: 2016-08-27
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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The  government  will  devote  full  efforts  to  cultivating  long-term  care  workers  and  integrating  social  welfare  and  medical  resources,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  pledged  today  at  a  multifunctional  care  center  in  Pingtung  County.    

In  Pingtung  to  survey  the  county’s  long-term  care  services,  medical  resources  and  community  care  infrastructure,  Lin  said  President  Tsai  Ing-wen  proposed  a  “10-year  long-term  care  2.0  plan”  as  a  major  plank  during  her  election  campaign.  To  ensure  this  plan  is  sustainable,  the  government  will  rely  on  earmarked  taxes  (such  as  by  raising  estate  and  gift  taxes  and  other  tax  revenues)  rather  than  on  public  service  budgets  alone.

The  administration  hopes  every  community  will  have  a  long-term  care  center  to  provide  a  range  of  beneficial  services,  lower  service  costs  and  integrate  community  resources.  The  centers  will  not  only  allow  the  elderly  to  receive  care  in  their  own  homes  but  also  enhance  their  connection  with  their  communities,  Lin  said.

The  ultimate  goal  is  to  merge  medical  and  care  resources  into  one  system  providing  three  levels  of  care:  community-based  integrated  service  centers,  combined  day  care  service  centers  and  long-term  care  stations  in  alleys  and  lanes.  As  people  grow  older,  they  can  slow  the  aging  process  by  maintaining  a  certain  level  of  activities  and  interacting  with  others,  the  premier  said.  Hence  the  government’s  policy  is  to  provide  the  type  of  learning  opportunities  and  short-  and  long-term  care  services  that  are  required  at  each  stage  of  aging.