Na­tional hos­pice as­so­ci­a­tion cel­e­brates 20th an­niver­sary

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Tai­wan Hos­pice Or­ga­ni­za­tion cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary Satur­day in Taipei, as Tai­wan has seen im­prove­ments in pro­mot­ing the con­cept of pal­lia­tive care.

In an event to celebrate the or­ga­ni­za­tion's 20-year an­niver­sary, Chen Rong-chi, a for­mer vice pres­i­dent of Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal who is known as the "god­fa­ther of Tai­wan's pal­lia­tive care" — re­ceived a spe­cial con­tri­bu­tion award.

In a so­ci­ety where talk of death is usu­ally taboo, the Tai­wan Hos­pice Or­ga­ni­za­tion was es­tab­lished in 1995 to pro­mote pal­lia­tive care, life sup­port with­drawal and do- not- re­sus­ci­tate or­ders.

Thanks to the ef­forts of a group of med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, scholars and vol­un­teers, the or- ga­ni­za­tion has been striv­ing to en­sure that ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients can get the best care, as well as help­ing them face death with dig­nity.

The talk of death has be­come more preva­lent in re­cent years, with tal­lies show­ing that around 300,000 peo­ple have reg­is­tered their will­ing­ness to re­ceive hos­pice pal­lia­tive care on Na­tional Health In­sur­ance, ac­cord­ing to Chiu Shih-che, chair­man of the Tai­wan Hos­pice Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Mean­while, Chiu Shu- t i , di­rec­tor- gen­eral of the Health Pro­mo­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said in a coun­try where can­cer has dom­i­nated the lead­ing cause of death for the past three decades, 50 per­cent of ter­mi­nally ill can­cer pa­tients had re­ceived pal­lia­tive care ser­vices as of 2012, sky­rock­et­ing from just 7 per­cent in 2000.

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