Ministry health

Department of Health nearly quadruples long-term care 2.0 program

  • By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung/staff reporter, with a staff writer

The Ministry of Health and Wellness’ long-term healthcare 2.0 project has grown to serve nearly four times the number of people it treated when it started five years ago, it said. he declared yesterday to the Cabinet.

The program serves 470,000 people, 3.8 times more than in 2017, as its coverage jumped more than 300% to cover 67.03% of the country and its budget rose to $60.7 billion. NT ($2 billion) since 2016, he said.

A Taiwan Marketing Research survey, commissioned by the ministry, showed that more than 90% of respondents over three consecutive years said they were satisfied with the program and the way it relieved the stress of those caring for people with dementia. long-term illnesses.

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The program received a satisfaction rating of 97.6 percent last year, showing public support for the initiative, the ministry said.

Since its inception, the main focus of the program has been to establish home, community or residential health care for people requiring long-term care, to establish payment schemes for workers, to guarantee salaries of long-term health care workers, increase service coverage, and develop measures to prevent or slow the loss of cognitive abilities in the elderly.

The program provides care through three types of centers: category A includes communal integrative service centers, category B composite service centers and category C primary care centers.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said the number of service points in the three categories exceeded 11,000 nationwide, while the “one daycare center per school zone” project also increased to 760 centers , the two combining for a total. national coverage rate of 65%.

Su asked the ministry to continue to improve the initiative and said he would ask agencies such as the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Commission for financial monitoring to contribute to the program.

The Department of Health said it wanted the program to change the public’s perception of long-term health care, moving from one-on-one, all-day service models to child care centers where a few workers can help many people, or on a small scale. multifunctional family care service model.

The ministry encourages people to interact more with healthcare professionals and helps “train” people to take on more responsibility for caring for themselves to reduce their need for full-time care.

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