Mayor Lauds Medical Referral System between NTUH, TCH
On June 29, Mayor Ko Wen-je attended a press conference marking the “1,000 Referral Cases from National Taiwan University Hospital Emergency Department to Taipei City Hospital” at TCH Heping Campus.Introduced on June 19, 2015, the program has seen 1,000 emergency room patients from NTUH successfully admitted to TCH branches as of June, 2017, achieving a satisfaction rate of 92%. The figures bear testimony to the effective integration of the City’s medical resources between academic medical centers and community hospitals, Ko remarked. According to Ko, the ER of NTUH treats an average of 150 patients a day. On average, each of them has to wait for more than two days before receiving treatment as the hospital is faced with the challenge of overcapacity. The referral program, ensuring that patients can be transferred to available medical institutions and their access to required medical equipment, provides patients with more efficient medical services. Building on the success of the NTUH-TCH cooperation, Ko believes similar arrangements can be applied between TCH campuses and other major medical centers in close vicinity. For instance, TCH Yangming Branch can work with Taipei Veterans General Hospital as both are located in northern Taipei.
The mayor also made a case for a review of the national health insurance system, focusing on practices related with family medicine and hierarchical referral.