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Second PRC medical tour group visits

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

A 32-member tour group from Beijing is in Taiwan for health checks, spa treatment and sightseeing, making it the second Chinese group to visit the country for medical tourism since last month.

Hung Tzi-jen (洪子仁), vice general manager of a health management company affiliated with Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital (新光醫院), which introduced the special tourism package, said it had expanded its range of services.

The group visited Yangmingshan National Park shortly after arriving on Sunday at the start of a six-day visit. It then proceeded to Beitou (北投) for dinner and a spa at a hot spring resort there.

Yesterday, 17 members of the group received positron emission tomography (PET) examinations at Shin Kong hospital.

Each spent about NT$35,000 (US$1,070) on the PET examinations, less than the equivalent of NT$50,000 they would be charged in Beijing, Hung said, adding that the rest of the group were to undergo other types of physical checks.

The health management company also signed an agreement yesterday with Shin Kong and HNA Life Insurance Co (新光海航人壽) — a 50-50 joint venture between China’s Hainan Airlines Co (海航集團) and Taiwan’s Shin Kong Life Insurance Co (新光人壽) — Beijing’s MJ Health Screening Co (美兆健檢中心) and SweetMe Hotspring Resort (水美溫泉會館) to promote visits by policyholders and members of these companies.

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