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Taiwanese health officials visit Cleveland to look into senior care
As the percentage of elderly Taiwanese rises, officials are looking for the best ways to take care of the population
Story by JOANNA RICHARDS


 
Taiwanese Health Minister Wen-Ta Chiu visisted Cleveland to learn about American elder care.
Courtesy of Zhang Yongtai- Voice of America
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Caring for an aging population is a concern not only in America but in many parts of the globe. This week health officials from Taiwan came to Cleveland to learn how that care is provided in the U.S. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Joanna Richards reports.

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Health Minister Wen-Ta Chiu says Taiwan is reforming its national health insurance system to try to meet the medical needs of a growing number of seniors.  By some estimates, the elderly will rise to 20 percent of Taiwan’s population in the next decade. That gives urgency to Taiwan’s search for “best practices” for care.

The delegation is participating in a conference on that subject at Case Western, and visiting a range of Cleveland programs that help the elderly.

Chiu says Cleveland was a draw because Case Western has several researchers working on health care for seniors. He says Taiwan is focused on ways to keep people in their communities, rather than hospitals or nursing homes.

The minister says Taiwan implemented programs inspired by U.S. models earlier this year with good results. He says he reported on that progress at the conference, and will take home further lessons for improvement. 

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