Taiwan Medical Community Concerned About The Medical Payment Reformation
The health care system in Taiwan is a worldwide research topic, and the recent medical payment reformation within the system has led to criticism from the medical community.
Taoyuan Airport MRT Express to Launch in March Under Loosened Standards
If the contractor keeps failing to fulfill the requirements unrelated to the system’s stability and safety, such as travel time and interval time, the government will consider launching the system first and making improvements along the way.
Feminists Calling For Female Candidates For Presidents of the Legislative Yuan
After the 2016 elections, Taiwan not only elected the country’s first female president, but also a parliament consisting of 38.1% female members. Feminist groups, therefore, call for the DPP to consider female candidates for president and vice-president of the Legislative Yuan.
Eight Firsts in the 2016 Taiwan Elections
The 2016 Taiwan presidential and legislative elections have set a number of records. What's worth noting is the turnout rate of this election set a record low at 70% and it is also the first time a presidential candidate was replaced.
Limited Hunting to be Allowed for Aboriginals during Tribal Ceremonies
Minister of the Interior, Chen Wei-zen, says they are currently discussing to allow aboriginals to hunt limited non-endangered animals during tribal ceremonies. Chen stresses that he hopes the aboriginal hunting culture will be preserved through legal means and respect.
Taiwan Hospitals Overcrowded; Medical Reformation Groups Call for New Systems
Zhang Ke-shi, Secretary-General of TCHA points out that currently the hospitals are overcrowded while almost half of the local clinics have shut down. He says that medical centers were meant for patients in need of critical care, but now the system is almost paralyzed because people are used to coming in for minor illnesses. This not only increases the medical staff's workload, but the doctors are also forced to cut back their teaching and research time.
China Might Deport French Journalist for Article on China's Race Policy
French journalist of L'Obs magazine, Ursula Gauthier, which was published on November 18, accused the Chinese authorities of using the Paris attacks to justify the repression in Xinjiang. She believes the reason Beijing claims to stand with Paris is to win international support to justify crackdowns on the Uighur people.
Exposure to PM2.5 Led to over 6,000 Deaths in Taiwan Last Year
According to the latest research from the College of Public Health at National Taiwan University (NTU), PM2.5 particles will not only increase risk of pulmonary tuberculosis, but also increase death threats of chronic diseases. It is estimated that over 6,000 people died from the exposure of PM2.5 last year.
Male Police Officer Dismissed For Wearing Long Hair Draws Criticism in Taiwan
Deputy Secretary General of Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR) Shi Yi-xiang points out that the National Police Agency (NPA) does not care about wearing long hair or not. The NPA is worried that once they give in and set a precedent, the police will start questioning the value of their superiors' commands.
Taipei Mayor Reflects on The Past Year
Ko says, each of his policies makes his supporting rate drop, such as charging off-street parking fee, canceling the rule of using YouBike for free during the first 30 minutes and canceling gift money for the elderly on a traditional holiday that celebrates the spirit of respecting the elderly. Ko says he will not lose the courage to do what he should do even if it will make his supporting rate decline.