Protection and Countermeasures Against Medical Violence: A Lesson from the Court Decisions in Taiwan
Medical violence not only impacts medical personnel but also impedes the right to healthcare for the unspecified majority. Taiwan main provisions for crimes that hinder the execution of medical care are stipulated in Articles 24and 106 of the Medical Care Act. However, when faced with the threats of violence, frontline health workers still have many doubts related to the constitutive elements of crimes that hinder the execution of medical practices (by means of violence, coercion, intimidation, or public insults), the identification of violent offenders in flagrante delicto, the obligations of the police authorities in cases of violence against medical professionals, and the discharge and transfer arrangements for patients involved in these cases. This study thus analyzes recent court judgments on the abovementioned issues with an expectation of improving the medical environment and protecting the right to healthcare for the public.