2008-02-27

Taiwan - A New Destination for Health Tourism

Taiwan’s First International Healthcare Center
Min-Sheng Aims to Develop Health Tourism

Min-Sheng General Hospital officially launched its "International Healthcare Center" on Feb. 21, 2008. On that special day, Min-Sheng General Hospital held its sign unveiling ceremony & a press conference. Dr. Min-Sheng Yang, Founder & Chairman of Missioncare Inc., signed an important contract with Chairman Wang of the Taiwan Medical Tourism Development Association (TMTDA) allowing for development and cooperation regarding medical tourism in Taiwan.

The Taiwan Medical Tourism Development Association (TMTDA) was established on November 11th, 2007 by a group of doctors, travel agents, hoteliers and health-related entrepreneurs aiming to develop medical tourism in Taiwan and to make Formosa Taiwan a real health destination for global tourists.

Dr. Min-Sheng Yang said at the signing ceremony, “The relatively new field of medical tourism has seen steady growth over the past few years in Taiwan. The founding of the International Healthcare Center is a stepping-stone for us from the domestic health care industry to the globalization movement allowing for diversification and allocation of healthcare resources to the international market. Min-Sheng Hospital’s international team is currently working on many programs to bring overseas patients to Taiwan by offering extremely high level amenities and medical expertise comparable to the hospitals of developed nations. Additionally, medical costs are relatively low here in Taiwan, so I hope more and more patients from other countries will visit us.”

Chairman Yang also signed other contracts with Yuan Ze University, International SOS and the E-Health Consulting Group. The cooperation plans range from research projects regarding sustaining business models to patient referral to international medical rescue actions.

The brand new “International Healthcare Center” is located on the 22nd floor and is staffed with several multi-lingual specialists dedicated to building up Min-Sheng's international brand image and business model. It has a 24- hour hotline as the single contact window for responding to overseas patients' inquires. The center also provides assistance with communication and medical information to local expatriates visiting the hospital when needed.
The International Health Care Center is closely connected with other departments. Even if an international patient is hospitalized because of an illness treatable by another department, a doctor from the International Health Care Center will remain that patient’s doctor in charge. The center offers not only medical treatment but also physical examinations for visa matters, thus, making it very convenient for foreign patients.

The interior and exterior of the Min-Sheng Hospital make visitors feel like they are in a hotel rather than in a hospital. The facilities are decorated with formative art in bright colors providing a positive ambiance to the hospital. On the same floor of International Healthcare Center, you can find the most advanced medical spa in Taiwan, the “Orient Retreat Wellness Medi Spa” which offers post surgery beauty care along with other therapies. The professional spa team has created a series of therapies from head to toe ensuring a very balanced and healthy recovery not only for the body but also for the mind and soul.
Min-Sheng General Hospital is the first JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited hospital in Taiwan, representing an international quality standard of healthcare. The 600 bed hospital provides comprehensive tertiary health care including a 24-hour trauma center in the city of Tao-Yuan. It is the closest major hospital to the international airport offering several unique specialties by a team of competent medical specialists.

Located in the Chung Cheng Special District, which will become the new city center of Taoyuan City, Min-Sheng Hospital is one of the most advanced medical buildings in Taiwan. It is positioned as a leading tertiary medical center offering state-of-the-art technology.
Taiwan is a banana shaped island located in Southeast Asia among the island chains of Eastern Asia. It is bordered in the west by the Pacific Ocean, the north by Japan and Okinawa Islands and to the south by the Philippines. Thanks to the convenient access of air travel, Taiwan is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Asia. In 2006, a government task force launched a three-year plan for developing medical tourism in Taiwan, the initial stage of which promotes cosmetic laser treatment, laser eye surgery, and dental services to Japanese tourists. Now that Min-Sheng Hospital has launched a set of services tailored specifically to foreign patients, Taiwan should be able to attract more and more international visitors and make this beautiful island a new destination for “Health Tourism”.

Min-Sheng Hospital Global site:
http://www.e-ms.com.tw/

Taiwan Medical Tourism Development Association (TMTDA) official site:
http://www.tmtda.org/