Jun 01, 2018 Human Rights Comments Off on Taiwan hospitals to promote health in Asia: Health Ministry
Taipei, The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) announced a plan on Friday for six Taiwanese hospitals to each form a medical team to improve health care in six Asian countries and lay the groundwork to boost Taiwan's health care and medical sector.
Hsu Ming-hui (???), an MOHW Office of International Cooperation official, said at a press conference the hospitals will help train local medical personnel and give overseas Taiwanese businessmen health consultations.
They will also create a bridge between Southeast Asia and Taiwanese health care institutions and medical device exporters, and engage in market research and study the laws and regulations of health-related sectors in those countries, Hsu said.
Among the goals, he said, is to increase the amount spent by foreign nationals who come to Taiwan for health care services to NT$30 billion (US$1.005 billion) a year and help boost the growth of Taiwanese medical device exports to 20 percent a year, according to a report by Chinese-language media CNews.
The six countries are Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia, Hsu said.
Vietnam will be served by Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, the Philippines by Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital and India by National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Hsu said in a presentation.
Thailand will be served by Changhua Christian Hospital, Malaysia by Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital and Indonesia by National Taiwan University Hospital, according to the presentation.
It was not clear, however, if the medical teams will set up hospitals or station doctors in the corresponding countries.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (???) said Taiwan hopes to collect and compile information on through the medical teams on the medical needs of the various countries.
It also hopes to use the teams to establish a prevention network against diseases and make contributions to regional health, Chen said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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