Could caregiving become part of alternate military service program?

Caring for seniors could become an alternative to compulsory military service. That's according to the health minister, Chen Shih-chung, on Thursday.

All able-bodied male citizens in Taiwan are required to complete a period of military service. But alternative forms of service are increasingly popular. With the country's rapidly aging population, providing long-term care has become a government priority.

The health minister said that the proposal seems highly feasible. He said that allowing young conscripts to look after seniors would help them to care for their wellbeing, with a resulting positive effect on society.

Chen said that the health ministry welcomes any proposal that would further long-term care goals. But he said the ministry has yet to see a plan, and would need to discuss the details of any plan with other departments.

Source: Radio Taiwan International