Translated Titles

Regulating Market, Negotiating Policies and Remodelling Profession: Taiwan Medical Association, 1946-1967


許宏彬(Hsu, Hung Bin)

Key Words

醫療市場 ; 醫病關係 ; 醫學倫理 ; 專業化 ; 醫政關係 ; Medical Market ; Doctor-Patient Relationship ; Medical Ethics ; Professionalization ; Medicine and Politics



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

30期(2020 / 04 / 01)

Page #

163 - 216

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

Taiwanese doctors' various social and political activities have drawn much attention from historians of Taiwan history. However, Taiwanese doctors' collective relationship with the medical market and the state after WWII remains unexplored. Focusing on the role of the Taiwan Medical Association (TMA), this paper raises the following questions: What kind of role did TMA play in shaping the post-war medical profession on the island? What is the relationship between doctors' political activities, the medical market and governmental policy? This article argues that, during the Japanese colonial period, the doctors did not and could not execute their collective influence on medical policy and, for the most part, remained freelancers. However, after WWII under the new Chinese Nationalist government, various kinds of medical practitioners were allowed into the market. To cope with the resultant chaotic and overcrowded market, doctors felt a strong need to unite under the auspices of the newly established TMA around a professional code of ethics that would strengthen their collective influence. Meanwhile, the TMA negotiated with different levels of government and the Legislative Assembly to regulate the medical market. It is in this particular context that TMA encouraged its members to become involved in various types of political elections with the aim of amending the medical regulations in their favour and thus tightening control over Taiwan's medical market.

Topic Category 人文學 > 人文學綜合
醫藥衛生 > 醫藥衛生綜合
醫藥衛生 > 醫藥總論
醫藥衛生 > 基礎醫學
醫藥衛生 > 預防保健與衛生學
醫藥衛生 > 社會醫學
社會科學 > 社會科學綜合