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City Promotes Community-centered Medical Care

Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-ji made a case for coordinated community healthcare during a press conference on November 8.
With Taipei set to become an aged society by 2020 with over 20 percent of seniors aged 65 or over, Mayor Ko Wen-je launched the “Home-centered Integrated Care Model (HCIC)” earlier this year. The plan involves doctors carrying gear weighing up to 9.4 kg and visiting households to provide individualized care.
Taipei City Hospital Superintendent Huang Sheng-jean noted that the experience from Japan and North European countries suggests that increasing the number of senior care institutions can only solve 10 percent of the problem. Community-focused approach should be taken to effectively address the issue of aging population.
According to Huang, HCIC is conducted through “case managers” offering assistance and services to incapacitated or disadvantaged residents, which include medical care, nursing care, rehabilitation, medication, dietary advice, physical therapy, assistive devices, assessment of accessible environment, and more. In addition to ensuring a coordinated cross-discipline mechanism, what matters most is building trust between the public and the city hospital’s medical team.
Since the roll-out of HCIC plan on March 1, the service has seen the treatment of 1,435 cases and 5,860 home visits as of October 31, 2016, according to statistics of Department of Health.