Sun, Nov 04, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan looking to generate more medical tourism

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Taiwan is to promote medical services to generate medical tourism to the tune of NT$7 billion (US$215.52 million) within three years, an official said yesterday.

Wu Ming-yen (吳明彥), chief executive officer of an international medical services project, was speaking after a team, comprised of the Taiwan Nongovernmental Hospitals and Clinics Association, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research and 20 prestigious hospitals, announced the inauguration of a project management center.

Wu said after the Executive Yuan approved a program to promote medical services, the team was formed at the commission of the Department of Health to carry out the project.

The program is also expected to create 30,000 job opportunities by boosting development of related industries, such as tourism, Wu said.

The center will promote five medical areas; ectogenesis, liver transplants, hip joint replacement, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and craneofacial surgery.

Wu said that the country's medical services have won international recognition and that they are very competitive compared with those of Singapore and Thailand.

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