“Enjoy a healthier life with Taiwan medical services” was this year’s theme for the Taiwan Healthcare Industry Trade Meeting which took place at the historic Manila Hotel. The event focused on the medical expertise and elite practitioners in said country.
Ranked third in the world, the healthcare industry in Taiwan has been recognized as one of the best when it comes to innovation, global competitiveness, enterprise support and entrepreneurship. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) co-hosted the event.
“This dedication is to promote the cooperation between Taiwan and the Philippines especially, of course, the medical industry,” says Alfred Wang, director of Economic Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines. “We already have two medical device companies doing very successfully here. And other than the medical devices, we want to promote diagnosis medicine here in the country, too.”
A total of 10 doctors and representatives from prestigious clinics and hospitals in Taiwan participated in the event and presented their products and services. They were Crystal Hsu, vice director, International Medical Service Center, MacKay Memorial Hospital; Dr. Hung-Lung Ke, Urology specialist/assistant professor at Kaoshiung Medical University, Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital; Stacy Ni, international coordinator, Department of International Affairs, Lee Women’s Hospital; Dr. Yi Jung Lin, director, Royal 101 International Health Co., Ltd.; Dr. Chao-Kai Chang, CEO, Taiwan Nobel Eye and Aesthetic Medical Group; Dr. Mao-Shin Lin, attending physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Center, National Taiwan University Hospital; Hsu-Wei Fang, founder and chief technical adviser, Biotegy Corp. Ltd.; Jenny Hu, vice president (VP), Lite-Med Inc. and Dr. Allen Lai, senior VP, ACT Genomics Co., Ltd.
Dr. David Chaokai Chang, who is a clinical eye physician at Nobel Eye and Aesthetic Medical Group, says, “We have cosmetic dental services that will make your face more beautiful, your eye clearer, teeth whiter. Please come to Taiwan because we have very good technology and good service and very reasonable cost. And, of course, the accessibility between Manila and Taipei is quite convenient.”
TAITRA is also promoting a medical and health service exchange program with other members of the ASEAN, especially the Philippines. It aims to boost the medical tourism industry of the country especially now that the Taiwan government extended the 14-day visa-free entry to Filipinos for another year. From recent data, it was revealed that over 300,000 overseas patients came to Taiwan for medical care in 2016 and a quarter of that number came from Southeast Asia.
Taiwan’s healthcare industry is also known for offering medical services that value safe practices, professional ethics and customer-oriented medical practitioners. Taiwanese hospitals and clinics are also accredited and passed the inspection of global reviewers such as the Joint Commission International.
These medical services include specializations in liver disease (hepatitis, hepatoma), organ transplant process, cardiac catheterization and cardiovascular surgery, minimally invasive surgery, craniofacial surgery, arthroscopy and joint replacement and ectogenesis (assisted reproductive medicine).
There’s also been a noted growth in the field of biotech especially in the area of new drug development and innovative medical devices.
Aside from the presentation of the medical products and services, a free consultation also highlighted the event and it was attended mostly by those interested in reproductive medicine and IVF services.