Sunday, May 31, 2009
Health care is one of Taiwan’s star industries. On May 21, 2009, the Min-Sheng Healthcare System and Kainan University gathered together in the Min-Sheng General Hospital conference room to sign an agreement which will enhance education and teaching, as well as the publication of academic research capabilities.
Additionally, the two sides will engage in community service, hospital internships, teaching support and academic research, and medical technology training. Kai Nan and Min-Sheng have also jointly established three departments, including the Seniors Health Department, the Department of Nutrition, and the Seniors Health Promotion Department. Min-Sheng will provide Kai Nan University with lecturers, such as VP Li Wei-Jie, VP Chen Peng-Xuan, Dr. Wang Xian-Guo, Dr. Chen Tai-Qi, Dr. Wei Tian-Shan, Dr. Zhang Jian-Zhi, Dr. Su Min-Zheng, Dr. Wei Ri-Hua, and so on. Through resource sharing and talent exchange, both parties are looking forward to becoming rising stars within the medical industry.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
In response to the needs of an aging society, the Taiwan government has been actively promoting programs such as the Long-term Care System Pilot Program, and the New Century Health Care Plan. A long-term care insurance system for senior citizens has become a topic of hot debate. In line with government policies, the Actuarial Society of Medical Scholars and Experts will hold a seminar on May 21, 2009 to discuss the topics of long-term care insurance and the future of elder care.
The Actuarial Society of the Republic of China relies on the knowledge of interdisciplinary sciences and statistical mathematics to implement the rational use of medical resources. Min-Sheng Health Care System Chairman, Dr. Yang Min-Sheng, has been the chairman of the Actuarial Society for more than four years.
He pointed out that the Actuarial Society will hold its sixth annual meeting in order to discuss topics, such as the association’s future direction, the development planning for this year, new member qualifications, the annual meeting date, and Taiwan’s long-term care industry and insurance plan meeting
Additionally, the May 21st seminar will include topics such as Taiwan’s long-term care insurance and long-term care industry and the utilization of remote care, or U-Care. It is hoped that the meeting will lay the ground work for a long-term academic insurance study that will be completed with three years. The study aims to educate people and lead to the construction of a complete long-term care system which will meet the diverse needs of the elderly community.
Through the Min-Sheng Health Care System and the Taiwan Dementia Association, a Japanese delegation was invited to Taiwan on April 25. The main purpose of the trip was to promote dementia care and the prevention of dementia through the exchange of experiences. It was hoped that the trip to Taiwan would allow both countries to express their deep concerns for patients with dementia and the elderly in order to create a better society.
Dementia Society Secretary General Tang stressed that the dementia care community will be an important issue to face in the future. The society encourages elders to participate in activities such as gymnastics, art, nostalgia and tourism in order to slow the onset of dementia.
The Tokyo Research Institute points out that participating in tourist activities can effectively enhance the activation of brain cells while arousing a sense of community involvement, which may relax mild dementia in the elderly.
$31.5 billion NTD Will Be Spent Caring for Taiwanese Suffering from Dementia
The executive director of the Taiwan Society of Dementia stated that the current number of Taiwanese suffering from dementia is approximately 150,000 people, but within the next ten years, the number will reach 200,000. He believes, therefore, that the construction of social welfare resources and planning for a long-term care system will be necessary in the future.
Low Healthcare Cost Is Taiwan’s Competitive Advantage with regard to International Medical Tourism
According to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, data show that were the Japanese to come to Taiwan for health checks and PET (brain CT and possible diagnosis of dementia), they would save $80,000 NTD. Moreover, they could also partake in recreation and tourism, thus bolstering both the medical and tourist industries.
In the short term, Min-Sheng and its Japanese partners will reach a consensus on a period of less than one month for a “short stay,” which includes a brain CT scan, prescriptions, and health promotion activities designed to effectively help the Japanese slow the advance of dementia. In the long run, Min-Sheng will integrate the services of its Yide Conservation Center and health park to allow Taiwanese and Japanese seniors to live longer and to enjoy nature and leisure activities.
Min-Sheng General Hospital’s JCIDSC Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care and International Hospital Accreditation Seminar was held a few days ago.
Min-Sheng General Hospital, the first and only hospital in Taiwan to complete the JDSC medical certification and new JCI hospital accreditation, offered the seminar to assist Taiwan’s medical community in better understanding the certification and accreditation processes. A number of renowned guests attended the seminars, including the JCI Asia-Pacific Region Chief Representative Dr. Paul Chang, and National Taiwan University Hospital Vice President Chung-Li Wang among others.
During the event, Chi-Sum Kang quoted Bill Gates of Harvard University, saying that “the greatest achievements of humanity come not from new discoveries, but from how we’ve applied the new discoveries.” Mr. Kang went on to add that their cardiovascular model is a flexible application which follows the latest US guidelines for the treatment of myocardial infarction, so that the survival rate of patients with cardiovascular disease continues to increase along with the quality of care.
The seminar received a warm response and Director Kang was invited to a series of lectures regarding JCDSC-AMI. The JCDSC-AMI certification has greatly enhanced the image of Min-Sheng’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine.