chapter  8
Patients’ Rights in Taiwan
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The medical systems in Japan and South Korea have resisted, with some success, the attempts that have been made to empower patients so that they are able to make claims against medical professionals. Nevertheless there has been a perceptible change in the role played by patients within the healthcare process as, on the one hand, benefits of the health insurance system spread throughout the population and the currency of rights ideas circulated more widely. As we shall see a comprehensive health insurance system was introduced into Taiwan in 1995 and the aftermath of democratisation has created a general interest in human rights. How, then, has this affected the ability of patients in Taiwan to ensure protection of their dignity when undergoing medical treatment?