Jan 05, 2017 Legal Comments Off on Medical associations agree not to hike registration costs: minister
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Thursday that it has come to a consensus with eight medical associations to discourage hospitals across Taiwan from raising registration fees for patients and reducing outpatient services.
The consensus was reached during a meeting Thursday between the health ministry and medical associations, including the Taipei Pharmacists Association and Taiwan Medical Center Association, to discuss the possible impact of the newly implemented rules on vacation days and the introduction of a standard two days off per week for Taiwanese workers.
Shih Chung-liang (???), head of the ministry's department of medical affairs, told reporters that the representatives attending the meeting all showed their support for the new work rules.
They said that despite the possible rise in operating costs, they will continue to improve working conditions for their medical staff while maintaining quality healthcare, according to Shih.
However, they also called on labor authorities to give medical institutions a three-to-six month transitional period to adjust to the amended labor regulations, and urged the government not to impose fines on them during the transition.
Under the new work rules, total maximum work hours have been reduced from 84 hours every two weeks to 40 hours a week and workers are now entitled to one mandatory day off as well as one "flexible" rest day each week. They can agree to work during the "flexible" rest day, but must be paid overtime pay.
The measures could increase operating costs for many types of businesses as well as hospitals because they will have to hire extra staff or pay overtime wages as a result of having to give their employees more time off.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel