Taiwan to continue with medical tourism: officials


KAOHSIUNG–Taiwan will continue to promote medical tourism among Chinese visitors to build on a developing trend, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said yesterday.

So far this year, 13 groups of Chinese visitors have booked medical tours, and the trend is expected to continue with an average of five such groups per month, said Tsai Hsiu-chen, a section chief at TAITRA’s Service Industry Promotion Center.

Taiwan’s health check and medical cosmetology services are very popular among Chinese visitors, Tsai said while accompanying a group of 32 Chinese officials from Mongolia who were having health checks at a south Taiwan hospital that same day.

There is great market potential in Taiwan for cosmetology tours that involve non-invasive procedures, especially those carrying little risk of medical malpractice suits, according to Chung Chin-Yuan, head of an association that promotes medical tourism.