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Taiwan has best terminal care in Asia: Singapore's Lien Foundation

Taiwan has best terminal care in Asia: Singapore's Lien Foundation

Taiwan has the best palliative care for terminally ill patients in Asia, Singapore's Lien Foundation said yesterday.
The organization drew up a worldwide list covering the quality of terminal care and came to the conclusion that Taiwan was the 14th best, or No.1 in Asia. The country came ahead of Singapore, which ranked 18 in the world.
The survey, entrusted to the Economist Intelligence Unit, covered 30 members of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and ten other nations or areas, reports said. The data used to reach the conclusions were supplied by international organizations, government statistics departments, interviews with medical personnel, reports said.
Factors which played a part in the rating included the basic health care environment, the presence of terminal care, its cost and quality. Taiwan was No.10 for the two last categories, No.15 for its basic health environment and No.19 for the presence of terminal care, according to the list.
The survey found Great Britain had the best palliative care, followed by Australia and New Zealand, the Lien Foundation said. Those countries all had made care for terminal patients an essential part of their health policies, giving all citizens the right to receive adequate treatment, according to the foundation.
Germany was listed No.8, the United States No.9, and France No.12, while Taiwan was rated better than Switzerland at No.19, Hong Kong at No.20, Japan at No.23 and China at No.37.