Taiwan, the Next Medical Tourism Destination

By Gaylen KaSai - Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in Malaysia and has been accounted for 6,268 deaths in 2016. Cancer is not just fatal, but cancer also costly.Cancer has a major impact on society across the world. A cancer diagnosis can be emotionally draining not just for the patient, but also his or her family and friends. You might feel as if you don’t have the energy to deal with the financial implications, but the biggest mistake most people make is waiting until finances become a problem before they discuss the costs with the healthcare team. The most common cancer in Malaysian males is lung cancer, followed by nasopharyngeal or nose cancer.Breast cancer is the most common cancer in females followed by cervical cancer and Colorectal cancer is increasing in incidence in both sexes.

I attended the Conference ‘Beat Cancer with Taiwan’s & Penang’s Oncologist’ session which also included a patient sharing session by patients who have received treatment in Taiwan. The International Conference on Integrated Cancer Treatment based on the “One Country, One Center” plan under Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy was organised by CGMH and co- organised by TAITRA in corporation with two of Penang’s outstanding medical institutions; the Island Hospital and Lam Wah Ee Hospital. If you don't already know, Taiwan is very popular for its high standards with regard to public healthcare and medical facilities, with the average life expectancy being 79.84 years as opposed to the global average (71 years). Taiwan is also much more affordable if compared to the United States, One can expect a total saving from 40% - 50%.
About Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital[CGMH] offers the largest and most comprehensive health care services in Taiwan, comprised by a network of 7 hospital branches located in Linkou, Taipei, Taoyuan, Keelung, Yunlin, Chiayi, and Kaohsiung. CGMH  hospital network contains a total of 10,050 beds and receives an average of 8.2 million outpatient visits every year and
167,460 surgical patients every year.

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital [CGMH] health care system is also further consisted of Chang Gung University, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Acute Hospitals, Chronic Hospitals, and Chang Gung Nursing Home, and Chang Gung Health and
Culture Village.

According to Prof. Lu Sheng Nan, the Vice Dean of Chiayi CGMH, the exchange received
an overwhelming support from Penang’s medical professionals, which greatly boosted hisconfidence in deepening overseas collaborations with the Taiwanese medical professionals.The meaningful interactions between the Taiwanese and Malaysian medical industry players have set the stage for a greater degree of corporation for the future.

Sharing Strategies to Battle 3 Major Cancers
CGMH has been working hard to develop a good working relationship between Taiwan andMalaysia starting with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation with many Malaysian hospitals at the beginning of this year. In the months that follow, CGMH donated medical equipment and provided training for many Malaysian medical professionals. In July this year, CGMH also invited delegates from Penang’s Parkway Pantai Medical Group to Taiwan for a study visit about the use of medical information systems.

Prof. Liu Hui Ping, Dept. of Cardiothoracic surgery, CGMH, Linkou led a team of ten delegates to Penang for the conference to detail their experiences and knowledge regarding
the treatment of three major areas: lung, brain and liver cancer. Joining Prof. Liu & Prof. Lu at the conference were other distinguished medical experts from Taiwan including Dr. Wang Chun Chieh, Vice Chief of Dept. of Proton and Radiation Therapy Center, CGMH, Linkou; and Prof. Lu Sheng Nan, the Vice Dean of Chiayi Chang Gung Memorial Hospital who shared their insights on the latest techniques for the treatment of the three cancers; and Dr. Huang Eng Yen, Chief of Dept. of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, CGMH, Kaohsiung who discussed the highly advanced Proton Therapy. Dr. Saw Min Hong from Island Hospital and Dr. Chan Jun Yeen from Lam Wah Ee Hospital were invited to speak about the standard treatment for lung and brain cancer in Malaysia. It is hoped that the exchange of ideas between Taiwan and Malaysia will lead to greater understanding and progress to provide patients with better medical care. Malaysian Patient Gives Taiwan Treatment a Perfect Score During the event, CGMH also invited Malaysian patients who have sought treatment in Taiwan to share their experiences during their treatment in Taiwan. The organizer hopes that the stories from the survivors will inspire others who are battling this disease. One of the guest patients was Lim who travelled to Taiwan to treat his sinusitis and he recounted how he lost only 5 cc of blood in the 20-minute procedure which resolved the ailment that has been bothering him for decades. He added that the smell of fresh air upon waking up from his procedure was truly amazing. Lim was totally satisfied with the whole experience from the initial inquiry and discussion, to the actual procedure and recovery process and gave the experience a perfect score. In addition to the discussion, six companies from Taiwan will also be showcasing their innovative medical equipment and technologies, including the Clinical Information System (CIS), the above mentioned HIS as well as healthcare management systems from Maya International; Bionime Corporation will be showcasing its Rightest Blood Glucose System; Smart eCare Inc. will be presenting its smart medical care solution; Medimaging Integrated Solution Inc. will showcase its Horus digital diagnostic set;Orient EuroPharma will be introducing its anti-cancer drugs with the hope of bringing more vibrancy to the development of the Malaysian medical industry.

There are plans to introduce Taiwan’s medical information system, equipment and medications to Malaysia. This is to promote a greater level of professional exchange. You can find out more about this by contacting the Taiwan Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Taiwan Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur Email: kl@taitra.org.tw Tel: +60-3-2031 2388 Fax: +60-3-2034 1388

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