HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Taiwan

Taiwan faces headwinds in upgrading long-term care

Training for caregivers is still inadequate.

Taiwan Business Topics reported that the country is facing a social time bomb as its population ages. In response, through the recent passage of the Long-term Care Act 2.0, it is dramatically ramping up spending on its elderly population. But critics question how the Tsai administration intends to pay for long-term care, and ask what the implications are for the future.

Seventy-year-old retiree Lin Taitai is part of the fastest growing demographic in Taiwan – the elderly, who now account for some 13% of the population but will likely reach 20% by 2025, bringing Taiwan into the ranks of the “super-aged” societies.

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