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For many years assistant personnel have been an integral part of Taiwan's healthcare system, assisting nurses to take care of patients and helping out with various aspects of unit work. The skill-mixed model was discussed during the period of greatest SARS risk in Taiwan, when the tradition of family accompaniment in hospitals presented a real and present(More)
The objective of this study is to estimate the amount of and factors associated with out-of-pocket (OOP) payment for medical care under Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) program. This research used two methods to collect original data. The first method consisted of using a sample household survey and household diary records to collect data on OOP(More)
We examined the influence of cigarette taxes on tobacco consumption, with an emphasis on smokers' choice between reducing cigarette consumption and switching brands. We constructed three scenario-based models to study the following two subjects: (1) the relationship between deciding whether to reduce one's cigarette consumption and to practice brand(More)
Staff shortages present nurses with ever increasing levels of stress and working hours. This has resulted in a corresponding increase in talent flight away from the nursing profession. Responding to financial constraints imposed by the Bureau of National Health Insurance (NHI), Taiwan hospitals have reduced nursing staff numbers and recruited nurses at(More)
This paper provides a new assessment of the most recent premium policy - the second-generation National Health Insurance (NHI) policy under Taiwan's NHI system. The willingness to pay (WTP) value for a universal coverage NHI plan is NT$201 per month and NT$940 per month for an individual level and for a household level, respectively. We find that the WTP(More)
BACKGROUND Motorcycles are the most popular vehicles in Taiwan, where more than 14.8 million motorcycles (1 motorcycle per 1.6 people) are in service. Despite the mandatory helmet law passed in 1997, less than 80% of motorcyclists in Taiwan wear helmets. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to analyze the effect of using motorcycle helmets on(More)
To reduce costs, many hospitals are trying to adopt strategies to contract out their nursing workforce. The purpose of this study is to compare the quality of health care among the following three categories of nursing workforces in public hospitals: outsourced nurses, permanently employed nurses and contracted nurses compensated based on hours worked. The(More)
BACKGROUND Studies over the past decades have shown an association between nurse staffing and patient outcomes, however, most of these studies were conducted in the West. Accordingly, the purpose of this study aimed to provide an overview of the research/evidence base which has clarified the relationship between nurse staffing and patient mortality of acute(More)
This study explores critical research issues in nursing policy and management in Taiwan from a healthcare system perspective that considers resources, programmes and organisations, service delivery, policy and management, and economic support. Findings suggest the following: In terms of resources, priority issues include quantity planning, active(More)
This article aims to explore three main concepts related to the professional development of nursing professionals. This paper first critically reviews and reinterprets scientific evidence on the relationship between nurse staff allocation and healthcare outcomes and then challenges some of the common interpretations of this evidence in the professional(More)