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Date: Jan 15, 2019
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
A planned “open hospitals” program would allow pregnant women to make prenatal visits at
nearby clinics and give birth under the care of the same physician at cooperating hospitals, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday.
Ministry of the Interior data showed that about 180,000 babies were born in Taiwan last year, the lowest number in eight years, and the program should make childbirth more mother-friendly in the hope of boosting the fertility rate, the health ministry said.
Some clinics refuse to perform deliveries due to limited resources, but under the “open hospitals” program, hospitals and clinics would share resources, including operating theaters, examination equipment and medical practitioners.
Dealing with only one physician should also put pregnant woman at ease, the ministry said.