Nurse assistants double, serving growing demand

AGING SOCIETY: With the number of old people and working-age people projected to be equal by 2040, the MOHW is to continue policies to promote the profession

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 14, 2020
By: Yang Yuan-ting and Wu Po-hsuan / Staff reporters

The wall in front of the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taipei is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Lin Hui-chin, Taipei Times

The number of nurse assistants in Taiwan has more than doubled over the past three years, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) said yesterday.

Ministry statistics show that there are more than 60,000 certified nurse assistants in the nation, with an employment rate of more than 70 percent.

The National Development Council predicts that Taiwan will become a super-aged society by 2025, with more than 20 percent of the population aged 65 years or older, as defined by the UN.

The old age dependency ratio — the number of older people compared with working-age people, aged 15 to 64 years — is increasing each year, the council said, adding that there would be the same number of old people as working-age people in the nation by 2040.

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