Human Rights Conference: A review of Taiwan’s medical rights issues

Name of the activity: Human Rights Conference: A review of Taiwan’s medical rights issues

Country/NMO: Taiwan, China (FMS-Taiwan)

Program: Ethics & Human Rights in Health

Contact information: [email protected]

Type of the activity: Education. Education on health issues for specific societal groups, either in the form of projects (set of tasks for a certain group over a fixed period of time), events (something notable that happens) or conferences (form meeting about ideas related to a particular topic, usually over several days).

General description:

Human Rights Conference: Review of Taiwan’s Medical Rights Issues is an annually campaign organized by SCORP-FMS Taiwan. Our themes vary from years to years to keep abreast of the current situation in Taiwan, with this principle in mind, we focus on medical rights this year and set dilemmas met in medical working environment as our core discussion. In addition to further elaboration on 5 sub-themes including medical rights of LGBTQ and migrants, patients’ autonomy rights, euthanasia and labour rights of healthcare professions, we have launched a series of lectures and sharing, face-to-face talk with migrants and advocator from LGBTQ NGOs, debates on Euthanasia and so on.

Focus area:

Rights of patients, doctors and medical students

Problem statement:

Gay marriage, Migrant workers’ right, Patient Autonomy law are changing the society in Taiwan. The two new law are going to be practiced in 2019, and migrant workers are increasing to 3%. Moreover, Labor condition of medical professions has been argued long time in Taiwan due to its high working hours, low pay, etc. With the previous reasons, we want to hold a campaign to discuss whether it would influence the medical rights, how medical students should do relating to the change of society.

Target groups:

General population, Medical students, Healthcare Students


General population, Medical students, Migrants, LGBTQIA+ community

Objectives and indicators of success:

-Medical students from Taiwan could know the meaning and recent medical rights issues in Taiwan.

-Contain more than three different sessions about medical rights in Taiwan

-More than one hundred participants joined the campaign

-Participants know the importance of medical rights and what may influence the rights

-Satisfaction of participants got more than 4 out of 5

-Participants have greater performance in the Post-evaluation activity

-Participants start to be aware of some groups of people who are lack of the medical rights in Taiwan

-Some review articles written by participants


We plan to hold a two-day conference which conclude the workshop, lectures, group discussion, and evaluation game. The topic would contain the medical rights of LGBTQI and migrant workers, as well as the debate of euthanasia and ‎rights of patient Autonomy due to the coming law of <Patient Autonomy Act> in Taiwan in 2019. Then we will recruit the participants from all the Taiwan, especially the medical students of all ages. With the campaign, we hope to let the medical students to know the recent condition of Taiwan and the ethics and controversial situation when it comes to medical rights, patient autonomy, or euthanasia.

Plans for evaluation:

-Measure the number of the participants and their background.

-Ask them some question about the condition of medical rights in Taiwan before and after the activity, and compare their answers.

-Collect their opinions of the attitude towards euthanasia and patient autonomy before and after the campaign.

-Satisfaction survey and collect their campaign review after the activity

-Design a game of choice at the end of the activity, ask the participants to analyze different controversial condition and make the difficult choices

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