The Preliminary Result of the Childbirth Accident Emergency Relief Act in Taiwan
The Childbirth Accident Emergency Relief Act is the first Act to relieve the childbirth accidents in the world. The Act took effect since 30, June 2016. After implementation to 20 March, 2020, there were 905 application cases and 856 approved by Relief Review Committee, with an approved rate of 94.6%. Total NTD 457 million relief fund was granted for 72 maternal deaths, 191 major maternal injuries, including 179 hysterectomies, 139 neonatal deaths, 58 major neonatal injuries and 396 intrauterine fetal deaths. With timely relief of childbirth accidents, the medical litigations declined by sixty percent. By promoting immediate care system to restore doctor-patient relationship. The Act also established accident reporting system and improvement mechanism to improve medical care system in the future.