Review and Prospect on Patient-Safety Reporting Legislation in Taiwan
Patient safety has been an worldwide important issue in these 20 years, and has made great influence on the attitude how we look about medical error, which urged the physicians begin to notice the incidence of adverse events and negligence in patients and try to build a safer health system by reporting the medical adverse events and going through root cause analysis. This article makes a brief overview on the patient safety policy and legislation in U.S.A, United Kingdom, and Japan, with special emphases on whether or not the patient safety report work is privileged from disclosure in civil or criminal court proceedings. Also elaborated is the provision regarding the patient safety reporting framework designed in our Childbirth Accident Emergency Relief Act which was promulgated on 30th Dec. 2016. This Act stipulates an anonymous reporting procedure and privileges the reporting work from disclosure in civil or criminal court proceedings, which will certainly help in encouraging physicians to report the medical adverse events honestly. Meanwhile, some amendment to the Act also is discussed in this article.