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Surgery patients to get MHW subsidy if hurt

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) announced yesterday that it would apply a subsidy project that could be launched by the end of this year to critically ill patients who suffer from serious injuries or die from surgeries.

According to the MHW, the subsidy plan is currently for women or newborns who are severely injured or die following labor, and the maximum compensation can reach NT$2 million.

The MHW said that it has been discussing applying this subsidy project to patients who suffer from critical illness like cerebral vascular accidents or heart attacks.

The subsidy project is scheduled to be launched by the end of this year, the MHW said, and during the initial phase of project launching, the ministry will focus on critically ill patients who have to stay in hospitals and be under general anesthesia.

According to the MHW, the subsidy project for women and newborns was launched in 2012, and Minister of Health and Welfare Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) said that it has helped reduce medical disputes.

The MHW said that after the project was launched in 2012, 303 medical centers have joined the project and 116 cases have been approved to receive compensation.

Bureau of Medical Affairs Director-General Lee Wui-chiang (李偉強) said that it is necessary to include patients of general surgery into the subsidy project because most of the medical dispute cases are from that division.

According to the MHW, critically ill patients, including those who suffer from cerebral vascular accidents, heart attacks and coronary artery bypass graft surgery can receive compensation if they suffer from serious injuries or die after surgery.

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