103,241 medical travellers to Taiwan, 25% from Indonesia


The article states that, in aiming to be the next Asia’s medical hub, Taiwan has equipped its hospitals with the most advanced medical technology. The Taiwanese government has also apparently helped both public and private hospitals that have passed the state’s accreditation in procuring cutting-edge medical equipment in a bid to promote Taiwan as a medical tourist destination, keeping pace with other Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Taiwan promotes medical services as a part of its New Southbound Policy, which calls for the development of comprehensive relations with countries in ASEAN, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

The article also says that last year, 103,241 foreigners came to Taiwan to receive medical treatment, with Indonesian patients accounting for 24%. As of August this year, the number of Indonesian patients has reached 26% of the total 100,373 international patients. No source of this data is given.

So far, 14 hospitals in Taiwan have been accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), an international accreditation for healthcare quality and patient safety.

Taiwan External Trade Development Council official Walter Yeh said Taiwan offered smart medical solutions to patients at affordable prices. "The medical costs are half than [those in] Singapore and close to the [price of medical care] in Malaysia," he said.

The article also says that in the past, a lot of doctors from the Eastern world would seek new skills and knowledge in Western countries. What is trending now appears to be the other way around.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare recorded that from 2014 to October 2018, around 2,700 foreign doctors, particularly those from Europe, the United States and Asia, had joined the training programs in several hospitals in Taiwan. Among them are 124 Indonesian doctors.

For an in-depth analysis of medical tourism in Taiwan, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.



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