Hello, members of the Taiwan Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology!

First of all I would like to thank you for your support so that I have the chance to be the President of the 21st Taiwan Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I will work together with all directors and supervisors, and the secretary general, to promote the affairs of the Association to live up to everybody’s expectations in the next three years.

The Taiwan Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology was established in 1961 with Professor Wei Bing-Yan of National Taiwan University Hospital as the founding President. It has been 56 years since then and there have been 15 presidents appointed in the meantime, while the number of members has increased from 220 to 3,404. The new annual members of the Association hit an all-time high in the first half of 1990, when more than 100 new members joined us. However, ever since the National Health Insurance was first enforced in 1995, the number of new members has dropped sharply with sometimes less than 30 new members per year. To probe into the causes, in addition to the decrease of new-born babies year by year, the low point of national health insurance, and various medical malpractice law suits on Obstetrics have all led to the decrease. Nevertheless, under the efforts of the Association in recent years, the number of members is increasing gradually and 66 young physicians joined the Association in 2016.

I would like to express my gratitude for the care to the physicians of Obstetrics and Gynecology from our society and the increase of the Health Insurance payment to Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Ministry of Health and Welfare. More importantly, the Legislative Yuan has passed A No Fault Compensation Program of Childbirth in 2016 after more than ten years of efforts by the Association, which will improve the physician-patient relationship by a national compensation mechanism and bring down the number of medical malpractice law suits, protect the birth risk of pregnant women and offer them compensation for new-born babies, while reducing the physical and mental stress of physicians of Obstetrics and Gynecology with this higher amount of compensation.

In the upcoming term, first, I aim to upgrade the health insurance point value of the Obstetrics and Ultrasound Divisions. Second, we will promote academic cooperation with different Associations of various specialties. Third, it is also our goal to make use of education and training opportunities of different sites to understand the demands of the practician. Finally, I intend to further help those physicians who are working at hospitals to get better welfare to ensure all members have a perfect working place to take care of all women throughout Taiwan.

In closing, I hope every physician of the Association has peace in practicing medical service, has good health, and may everything go your way!

Tsung-Cheng Kuo President of 21st Taiwan Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology