Top Taiwanese health experts urge Filipinos to consider Taiwan as alternative medical destination

MANILA — Taiwan’s top medical practioners have urged Filipinos to consider Taiwan as an alternative destination for their health care needs as they called for closer cooperation with the Philippines on medical research and training.

A number of medical and health experts from leading Taiwanese hospitals at the recently concluded Taiwan Health Industry Mission in Manila said Taiwan could offer quality service to Filipinos who opt to seek treatment abroad at cheaper rates compared to usual destinations like Singapore, Europe or the United States.

Mission delegation head Dr. Cherng-Jye Jeng of the Kaohsiung Medical University, said Filipinos can expect world-class service and advanced medical facilities at “reasonable and cheaper” rates.

“The advantage of Taiwan medical service is that it is one of the best in the world and we are recognized in the whole world,” Jeng told journalists in an interview.

Filipinos, he added, need not travel far to get the best medical treatment since Taiwan is only one and a half hours from Manila.

“We can provide almost everything – from transplant to surgery, reproductive health or address concerns on fertility, and wellness clinics,” Jeng said.

Given the Philippines and Taiwan’ geographical proximity, Jeng hopes the two neighbors can cooperate to expand and improve their respective medical industry together.

“We are here not only to promote Taiwan’s medical service to Filipinos, but also to encourage cooperation and even medical training of young Filipino doctors to Taiwan. After the training they could come back here to serve the Filipino people,” he said.

Organized by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the External Trade Development Council, the health industry mission served as a major platform to showcase the best and renowned healthcare companies in Taiwan. Filipino doctors from participating local hospitals were also present at the event for consultation.

“We hope to have further progress in our cooperation,” Jeng said. “We have a lot to learn from each other.” By Michaela del Callar/PNA