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[2018/10/23] The Opening of the Newly Redecorated Center for Arts and Humanities Involves an Open Exhibition “Bitter & Sweet”

At the Center’s Opening Ceremony President Guo (first on the left), together with guests, cuts the ribbon.

 

The opening ceremony of the newly decorated Center for Arts and Humanities was held on September 11, and Executive Director Zhao of Eslite Gallery, and Professor Pan were invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. In the future, in the area of the humanities this is where medical students will be taught about a range of art-related and culture-related activities.

 

An open exhibition, the "Bitter & Sweet" series by the artist, I-Chien Wu, is being exhibited. The art works in this exhibition, such as "Pillbox Tower" and "Drug Supermarket", are based on packets of drugs and pills. They reflect current issues associated with prescription drug use/abuse and how this relates to the wasting of health care resources. Specifically, they focus on health care issues that are of concern to all Taiwanese and they allow medical students to examine contemporary social issues, such as pharmaceutical drug use/abuse and drug waste. The display aims to educate future doctors about reducing wasting of medical resources right from the start of their careers.

 

Yi-Qian Wu remarked that Taiwanese people generally have a mentality that reflects "drugs cure diseases, and then can strengthen the body even if one is not sick." This special exhibition was named "Bitter & Sweet” in realization that many families hold onto prescribed drugs, blurring the boundary between bitter medicine and sweet candy. Especially because the cost of drugs is relatively low at present, drugs that are described using Chinese characters such as “safe”, “proper”, “smooth”, and “suitable” make people feel that taking medicine is no longer a problem.

 

The Exhibition Series "Bitter & Sweet" on display at the Center’s open exhibition

 

According to statistics from the National Health Insurance Administration, the cost of prescribed drugs accounts for a quarter of all health insurance costs, and the total cost of medicines prescribed under health insurance payment has reached 160 billion dollars. Furthermore, in 2016, about 15.32 million drug prescriptions were for duplicate use and most of these were prescribed for high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high blood lipid (the three highs) and as sedatives to help sleeping. Total health insurance costs will surpass 700 billion NT$ for the first time next year. Due to The NHI system not being able to make ends meet, it is estimated that health insurance fees will need to be raised in three years time. The Director Li of the Health Insurance Administration called for medical professionals to reduce prescription drug wastage.

 

     

 Art works created with drugs and kits

 

Director Huang of the Center for Arts and Humanities said that prescription drug abuse was set as the theme mainly because most students in National Yang Ming University study in medicine-related fields, and they will in the future become the next generation of medical practitioners. She hopes that through this art exhibition, students can get a practical experience of Taiwan's medical problems and begin to cherish Taiwan's health care resources.

 

In addition to the open exhibition, the Center for Arts and Humanities will also in the future hold a seminar program with Taipei Veterans General Hospital during which artists will be invited to talk with teachers, students and the director of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital Pharmacy Department. The aim being to advocate more public attention being paid to waste within the National Health Insurance system.

 

Artist I-Chien Wu at the opening ceremony presenting her artworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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