Tue, Jul 31, 2007 - Page 4 News List

MAC announces medical service plan for Chinese

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The Mainland Affairs Council said yesterday that Chinese nationals coming to Taiwan for medical treatment will be allowed to stay for up to three months and ask for an extension should the need arise.

The council made the announcement after convening a meeting to pass regulations governing Chinese people coming to Taiwan for medical treatment on a case by case basis.

The council was acting in step with a recent announcement by Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) on a project to turn Taiwan into a world destination for medical treatment.

five fields

Under the project, which comes into force tomorrow, Chinese nationals will be allowed to come to Taiwan to receive medical treatment in five fields in which the nation has an edge -- live liver transplant, craniofacial reconstruction, cardiovascular treatment, artificial fertilization, joint replacement and surgery.

Council spokesman Liu Teh-shun (劉德勳) said that if Chinese want to seek medical treatment in Taiwan, they have to choose from a list of medical institutions recognized by the Department of Health that are capable of performing specialized treatments.

rules

Hospitals, in turn, must apply on the patient's behalf.

Applications for treatment will be reviewed by the National Immigration Agency on a case-by-case basis.

Patients who need a return visit to the hospital in the short term are advised to complete their return visits before returning to China.

accompaniment

Liu said that patients can apply to be accompanied by up to two family members.

Patients who apply to come to Taiwan for a liver transplant should travel with the potential donor. Both can be accompanied by a caretaker.

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