Community health care trends for the coming decade: Advantages and opportunities for nurses

Yiing Mei Liou, Mei Yen Chen*

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Abstract

Health policies in many advanced countries have been revised and reformed to address increasing public healthcare demands and increasingly limited resources. Upgrading the quality and quantity of community healthcare is the most effective solution. Implementation of the National Health Insurance system in Taiwan has introduced instability into the medical system, as insurance premiums no longer correspond to healthcare demand, Taiwanese live inadequately healthy lifestyles, and expectations of the healthcare system continue to grow. Community nursing now faces many challenges at this historic crossroads. This paper tries to analyze factors in the domestic and international environment that affect Taiwan's national community healthcare. These include changes in population structure, adjustment of governmental policies, the implementation of nursing and medical regulations, and consensus among nursing professional groups. The authors hope to anticipate the trends and prospects and advantages and opportunities in community healthcare in the coming decade in order to help our community healthcare partners prepare a good foundation and establish a model for the national healthcare system and nursing profession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing
Volume59
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Community health nursing
  • Nursing regulation
  • Opportunity
  • Strength

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