Singapore delegation visits Chung Gung Foundation


KAOHSIUNG–A delegation of Singaporean medical officials visited Kaohsiung City’s Chang Gung Medical Foundation yesterday as part of efforts to develop the liver disease treatment market in the city-state.

Headed by K. Satkunanantham, the director of Medical Services of Singapore’s Ministry of Health, the delegation visited the foundation’s liver transplant center, where Satkunanantham asked Chen Chao-lung, the foundation’s superintendent, how to develop Singapore’s liver disease treatment market.

Taiwan’s liver disease treatment market was able to prosper because competition resulted in improvements in medical technology, said Chen, who in 1984 became the first doctor in Asia to complete a liver transplant operation.

Moreover, Taiwan permits hospitals to apply to set up liver transplant centers, a policy that has led to the establishment of 23 centers nationwide.