Oct 28, 2018 Entertainment Comments Off on Cooperation in medicine, health key to NSP: Vice President
Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Cooperating with New Southbound Policy (NSP) target countries in the fields of medicine and health can serve as a platform for Taiwan to enhance industrial collaboration with partners and play a leading role in public health promotion in the region, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (???) said Sunday.
Speaking at the opening of the 2018 Global Health Forum held in Taipei, Chen highlighted the importance of "access to healthcare for all."
The growing burden of an aging population and increasing chronic diseases has made it imperative for all nations, including Taiwan, to prioritize improving the quality of its healthcare and social welfare systems, Chen said.
Citing Taiwan as an example, Chen said the National Health Insurance system is globally renowned for providing citizens with easy access to medical services, but the nation cannot afford to be complacent.
Since June 2016, Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) has introduced a series of measures to improve access to health care for disadvantaged people and residents in remote areas, as part of efforts to make society more resilient.
The ten-year long-term care program 2.0, launched in 2017, seeks to provide quality nursing care through public-private partnership and central-local government cooperation, while also improving the resilience of society, Chen said.
In line with the NSP, which aims to link Taiwan to countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand through a people-centric approach, Taiwan is willing to share its experiences in medicine and health to deliver win-win outcomes and enhance its role in the region, he said.
The two-day forum themed "Resilience: New Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health" attracted 68 speakers, including government officials and experts representing 34 countries in the region, as well as 1,200 participants, according to MOHW.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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