Move to Main Content

Hot News

Taiwania 2 ranked as 20th-most powerful supercomputer in world


Taiwania 2 (Image from NCHC) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwania 2 has achieved a ranking of 20th in the world, the highest rating for a Taiwan-made supercomputer ever, announced the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) yesterday (Nov. 13). Built by the ministry's National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), Quanta Computer Inc, Asustek Computer Inc, and Taiwan Fixed Network Co., Taiwania 2 has been ranked 20th in the world in the November 2018 edition of the TOP500 List. Taiwania 2 also ranks as the 7th fastest supercomputer in Asia, trailing only two from China, three from Japan, and one from South Korea. The 20th spot taken by Taiwania marks a quantum leap in performance over its predecessor, Taiwania, which only ranked 95th on last year's TOP500 List. The top two spots on the list were taken by the U.S. with its computers Summit and and Sierra, respectively. China took 3rd and 4th with its Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2A, respectively, while Switzerland rounded out the top five with its Piz Daint. Evolution of Taiwan's supercomputers from 1996 to this year. (Image from NCHC) Taiwania 2's computing capacity of 9 quadrillion floating-point operations per second (9 petaFLOPS), only trails supercomputers from the U.S., China, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, France, South Korea, and Italy. Taiwania 2 received an even higher ranking for energy efficiency, seizing 10th place on the Green500 List and is the most energy-saving mainframe computer in Taiwan's history. The Taiwania 2 consists of 252 nodes, each of which contains two CPUs and eight of the most advanced GPUs. Its host architecture design is in line with international trends. Last year, MOST promoted artificial intelligence (AI) as the core of its next generation development model and building an AI cloud computing platform was a very important part of its "AI Small Country Big Strategy" (AI小國大戰略). After seven months of hard work on hardware construction and performance testing Taiwania 2, this phase been completed, and its performance optimization results were successfully submitted for the latest round of the biannual TOP500 List ranking. Listing of Taiwania 2's specifications. (Image from NCHC) Taiwania 2 is slated to be launched in the first half of next year. In addition to utilizing its cloud computing platform to offer fast computing capabilities, large storage space, and a secure network, it will become the largest data marketplace in the country, providing more immediate and convenience services to industry and academia. In the future, 50 percent of the host computer's resources will be provided to government-led intelligent robotics projects, self-driving experiments, and the AI Innovation and Research Center. The AI Innovation and Research Center and other forward-looking projects will be used by academic and research circles. The other half of the computational resources will be allocated to innovative industries, such as financial technology, smart manufacturing, smart medicine/health, and smart cities. (Written by Keoni Everington and provided by Taiwan News on 2018-11-14 14:54 )

Taiwania 2 ranked as 20th-most...

Expats Would Rather Live in Bahrain Than the U.S.


How the mighty have fallen. And fallen again. The appeal of the U.S. as a destination for expatriates slid for the fifth consecutive year, to No. 47 out of 68 countries, dragged down by a steadily deteriorating reputation for safety and a perceived lack of affordable health care. Just five years ago, the U.S. held the fifth slot in the annual Expat Insider survey by Munich-based InterNations, a network of 3.2 million expatriates. The annual survey of more than 18,000 expats representing 178 nationalities covers everything from the cost of education and child care to family life, career prospects and perceptions of safety and political stability. Two-thirds of expats in the U.S. view job opportunities positively, but for the first time America placed among the 15 countries deemed the least safe and secure. Just 17 percent rated the personal safety of their children as “very good,” compared with a global average of 44 percent. Expats are “afraid of gun violence,” said Malte Zeeck, a founder and co-chief executive of InterNations. Bahrain tops the list for the second year in a row. The nation got high rankings for the ease of settling in, among other things. Taiwan gained two spots to move into second place, with strong marks for job prospects and quality of life. Ecuador, where a massive earthquake in 2016 likely affected expat rankings in 2017, leapt from No. 25 to No. 3, showing improvement in just about every category. The United Kingdom also tumbled this year, falling from No. 21 to No. 59 on the list. Expats cited a high cost of living, with 47 percent considering that a potential negative before moving. (Thirty-eight percent of U.K. expats live in London, a notoriously expensive city.) And, yes, the weather got poor marks, with just 3 percent rating it as “very good,” which affected the country’s No. 64 ranking for personal happiness. If a new measure for digital life had not been added to the survey’s quality of life questions, the U.S. and the U.K. would have fared even worse in the overall ranking. Expats in both countries said it was easy to get unfettered high-speed digital access at home and to pay without cash, earning the U.S. the 10-highest spot on this measure and the U.K. the No. 15 rank. High marks for digital life also helped lift Israel to No. 22 in the overall ranking, up from No. 44. Hong Kong trailed Myanmar, Russia and China with its overall ranking of 56. That’s a big decline from its standing at No. 33 last year. The special administrative enclave of China was dragged down by poor scores for work-life balance and cost of living. The average full-time work week in Hong Kong was 46.8 hours, compared with a global average of 44 hours. There were some bright spots for the Asian tiger: Seventy-nine percent of expats were positive on Hong Kong’s economy, compared with 69 percent the prior year, and the country won the top ranking on transportation infrastructure. There were 66.2 million expatriates worldwide in 2017, according to a July research report by market researcher Finaccord. The company forecasts that the expat population will climb to 87.5 million by 2021. (News written by Suzanne Woolley and provided by Bloomberg on 2018-09-06 15:00 )

Expats Would Rather Live in Ba...

Taiwan Unveils Latest Medical Inventions to Advance Science During FIME in Orlando


NEWS PROVIDED BYTAITRA Taiwan Trade Center Miami Jul 20, 2018, 08:45 ET ORLANDO, Fla., July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Execs, physicians and diplomats were awed by the new medical devices presented by three Taiwanese companies that will enhance surgeon skills, accurately detect thyroid cancer and relieve patient bed sores. "Taiwan Medical Marvels" was the theme of this international press conference and products launch held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando during the Florida International Medical Expo (FIME), one of the largest medical trade shows in North America. Dr. Min-Liang Wang, inventor and CEO of Taiwan Main Orthopedics Co., Ltd., introduced a type of smart surgical glasses befittingly named Caduceus, using revolutionary technology which combines mixed reality with surgical navigation. Caduceus allows surgeons to see through a patient's body and visualize a 3D model of the anatomy of the patient's organs. Surgeons can see the exact position of the needle insertion without ever removing their eyes off of the patient to look at any other instrumentation. "These glasses can be thought of as X-ray glasses," said Dr. Wang, who is also an Assistant Professor in the school of Electrical and Computing Engineering at Taiwan's National Chung Cheng University. Wearing the glasses during his presentation, he explained why the response to his invention has been so overwhelming. "This technology comes from real clinical trials. Surgeons really need the advanced technology, especially during complicated surgeries like spinal surgery. Caduceus allows the surgical time to be shortened and the radiation exposure to be diminished, which benefits the patients and the physicians," he said. According to Dr. Wang, Caduceus surgical smart glasses will be available in January of 2019. AmCad BioMed also introduced the audience to another medical technique to increase the diagnostic acumen of medical professionals regarding thyroid nodules. AmCAD-UT® Detection is the world's first Ultrasound CAD developed to accurately detect thyroid cancer, one of most common cancers in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. According to presenter James Lee, Vice President of AmCad BioMed, this new screening and imaging tool increases the quantification and visualization of the characteristics of thyroid nodules. By doing this non-invasive technique, it helps in the accurate detection and differentiation of thyroid nodules. Patients undergoing AmCAD-UT® Detection had significantly lower screening recall rates, fifty percent less need for FNA and thirty percent less thyroidectomies. Lastly, Gustavo Kao, Manager of the Latin America Department of Apex Medical, unveiled an ingenious solution to alleviate bed sores. DOMUS 3 is an alternating overlay/replacement system combined with static therapy mode. It relieves pressure on the patient's skin by alternatively deflating and inflating the mattress to create balanced pressure effect. This device reduces the frequency of medical staff having to move the patient to reduce bed sores. David Chien, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami, gave opening remarks. Dr. Antonia Novello, the first female and first Hispanic former Surgeon General of the United States served as the moderator and commentator of the press conference. Alejandro Pezzini, CEO of AMP Group hosted Taiwan Medical Marvels.

Taiwan Unveils Latest Medical ...

Taiwan ranks 19th globally in terms of GDP per capita based on PPP


Focus Taiwan 2018/05/27 19:09:26 Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) per capita based on purchasing power parity (PPP) ranks 19th in the world, higher than Japan and South Korea's, according to recent data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to the IMF's data, Taiwan's purchasing power parity-based GDP is US$52,304, higher than the US$44,430 in Japan and US$41,390 in South Korean, which rank 31st and 32nd in the world, respectively. Twice a year, the IMF releases a huge dump of data about the economic power of the world's nations, with GDP per capita a key statistic. The IMF also ranks the world's countries according to their GDP per capita based on PPP. PPP compares living standards among the different nations, taking into account their relative cost of living and the inflation rates. Taiwan's Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said recently that the country's relative low living cost, stable price levels, and low inflation rate were the main reasons why it was so high on the PPP index. Meanwhile, the IMF data, which was published in April, showed Qatar in the No. 1 spot in the world in terms of GDP per capita based on PPP, with US$128,702 per annum, followed by Macau with US$122,489, and Luxembourg with US$110,870. In Asia, Singapore ranks fourth with US$98,014, and Hong Kong 10th with US$64,533, the data shows. According to Business Insider, small countries are dominating the list because they have small populations compared to countries such as the United States, China and Germany that lead the world purely in terms of GDP. Most of the small nations depend heavily on migrant workers, who often do not reside in the country where they are working or are not granted resident status and therefore are not included in the GDP per capita calculations, Business Insider said. (By Joseph Yeh) Enditem/pc

Taiwan ranks 19th globally in ...

Taiwan can help meet health-for-all targets


Posted on 16 May 2018 Chen Shih-Chung THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged member states to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. Although not a WHO member, Taiwan has offered universal health coverage to its 23 million citizens since 1995. Taiwan launched its National Health Insurance (NHI) initiative by integrating medical programmes for labourers, farmers, and government employees, which covered only half the population. This was expanded to provide equal coverage to all citizens from birth. All foreigners who legally work or reside in Taiwan are also covered. The NHI is a public programme run by the government based on a single-payer model. Life expectancy in Taiwan has increased to levels seen in key OECD countries, with women living on average to 83.4 years old, and men to 76.8. Yet healthcare costs are far lower in Taiwan than in most highly developed countries in Europe and North America, at US$1,430 per capita per year, representing just 6.3% of GDP in 2016. Administrative costs run at less than 1% of the total and public satisfaction remains high, at 85.8% in 2017. Taiwan's health system has undergone reforms to ensure its sustainability. Implementing the Global Budget Payment on top of Fee-For-Service reimbursement method effectively reduced annual medical expenditure growth from 12% to 5% since 2003. And the way premiums are collected has also changed from being purely payroll-based, to including supplementary premiums based on capital gains, which has created a surplus for the National Health Insurance Fund. The NHI's information system has migrated to the cloud, making it easier for hospitals, clinics, and doctors to access medical information. We encourage hospitals to upload computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans so they can be retrieved for consultations. A personalised cloud-based service, My Health Bank, enables patients to check their records. The government has adopted a wide range of measures to reduce health inequalities affecting disadvantaged groups. We have premium subsidies for low-income and near-poor households, as well as the unemployed. We have also improved the provision of services in areas with limited healthcare resources, and implemented an Integrated Delivery System (IDS) in remote areas. We also raised subsidies on preventive healthcare services for indigenous populations. It is impossible for countries to overcome healthcare challenges on their own. It is only through interdisciplinary and international cooperation that we can build a global health system that consistently and cost-effectively meets the healthcare needs of people worldwide and bring to fruition the WHO's ultimate goal of health for all. Taiwan has a great deal of experience in building and maintaining a universal health insurance system. We believe that Taiwan's healthcare system can serve as a model for other countries. It has a constructive role to play in creating a robust global health network, and the best way is through taking part in the World Health Assembly (WHA) and WHO. It is regrettable that political obstruction led to Taiwan being denied an invitation to the 70th WHA as an observer last year. The WHO not only failed to abide by its constitution, but also ignored widespread calls for Taiwan's inclusion. Yet, Taiwan remains committed to helping enhance regional and global disease prevention networks, and assisting other countries in overcoming their healthcare challenges. Taiwan seeks to take part in the 71st WHA this year as an observer. Dr Chen Shih-Chung is Taiwan's minister of health and welfare.

Taiwan can help meet health-fo...

Taiwan is happiest nation in East Asia


New Delhi | Thu, March 15, 2018 Lamat R. Hasan Asia News Network Finland has emerged as the happiest nation in the world in the sixth World Happiness Report. Norway, which topped the list last year, finished second in the 2018 report, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, ranks countries on six key variables - income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. The 2018 report focusses on migration within and between countries and was released on March 14, a week ahead of the World Happiness Day. It surveyed 156 countries for their happiness levels, and 117 countries to determine the happiness of immigrants. In Asia, Israel finished first occupying the 11th spot, while United Arab Emirates came second at rank 20, followed by Qatar ( 32 ) and Saudi Arabia ( 33 ). In East Asia, Taiwan was found to be the happiest nation at rank 26, followed by Singapore ( 34 ). Malaysia ( 35 ), Thailand ( 46 ), Japan ( 54 ) and South Korea ( 57 ). Philippines finished at 71 and Pakistan at 76. China is lagging behind its Asian neighbours at 86 in the happiness quotient, while its economic competitor, India is seemingly even more unhappy at rank 133. Among other Asian nations, Mongolia was ranked at 94, Vietnam at 95, Indonesia, 96, Bhutan – which was once the happiest - at 97, Nepal at 101, Laos, 110, Bangladesh, 115, Sri Lanka, 116, Cambodia, 120 and Myanmar, 130. The 10 happiest countries also occupied similar spots on being ranked on immigrant happiness. The survey found that those who move to happier countries gained, while those who moved to less happy countries lose. The United States' ranking dropped four spots this year. It finished at the 18th slot. “US policymakers should take note. The US happiness ranking is falling, in part because of the ongoing epidemics of obesity, substance abuse and untreated depression," the report stated.

Taiwan is happiest nation in E...

Taiwan force for good in world, A Perfect Pair (阿巒的作文課)


By Lu I-hsuan and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writer and CNA “This includes ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization], Interpol, WHO and the more than 60 international organizations in which Taiwan participates,” she said. The US remains committed to supporting Taiwan as it seeks to expand its already significant contributions to addressing global challenges, Adams said. “We consider Taiwan to be a vital partner, a democratic success story and a force for good in the world. Taiwan shares our values, has earned our respect and continues to merit our strong support,” she said. Taiwan has yet to receive an invitation to attend this year’s annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decisionmaking body of the WHO, that is scheduled to be held from May 21 to May 26 in Geneva, Switzerland. In related news, the director of a documentary produced to garner international support for Taiwan’s WHA attendance, said that he hoped his work could show the world how Taiwan has changed the future of a little girl. The three-minute film, titled A Perfect Pair (阿巒的作文課), depicts the story of a Vietnamese girl, Nguyen Thi Loan, who traveled to Taiwan to receive treatment for congenital lymphedema with the help of donations from a Taiwanese business in Vietnam. After undergoing surgery in Taiwan, Nguyen was spared amputation and given a new lease on life. A Perfect Pair, which was released on March 31 and subtitled in seven languages, has garnered more than 6 million views. Taiwan has contributed to global healthcare for several decades, but few people are aware of these contributions, said the film’s director, Hung Chu-yan (洪竹彥). The production team chose to portray Nguyen’s story because it shows how a child’s future was changed because of Taiwan, Hung said, adding that the team had considered recounting the SARS outbreak in 2003. Over the course of the shoot, the production team was able to witness Nguyen’s transformation into a child who can move on her own, Hung said. Nguyen expressed her sincere gratitude and never complained about being tired, he said. Her family also thanked Taiwan and treated Taiwan’s assistance as a miracle, he added. A Perfect Pair has received good reviews from his Vietnamese friends, and provided a great opportunity for exchange and feedback, said Hung, who has filmed other stories based in Vietnam. Taiwan has helped others in the past and it now needs help in its bid to participate in the WHO and the WHA, Hung said. One of the principles in the WHO’s constitution states: “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition,” said Hung, who featured these words in the final scene of the film. Taiwan should also be included within the range set forth by this statement, he added. The government hopes that viewers can take away two messages from the film — that Taiwan has an excellent standard of healthcare and that love knows no borders, said Henry Chen (陳銘政), director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of International Information Services.

Taiwan force for good in world...

Yuanlin Christian Hospital in Taiwan is a showcase for patient-friendly and resource-efficient care.


14 May 2018 at 04:30 NEWSPAPER SECTION: ASIA FOCUS | WRITER: TANYATORN TONGWARANAN Dr Nina Kao demonstrates the infotainment offerings available in a room at Yuanlin Christian Hospital, part of the Changhua Christian Hospital (CCH) group in Taiwan. Smart healthcare requires a lot of factors to come together to deliver the best results to patients. For hospital operators, that includes smart building design where infrastructure and medical devices are interconnected with real-time data collection, cloud computing and big-data analysis. This dream of building a smart hospital has become a reality in Changhua, Taiwan's smallest and most populous county, a three-hour drive from Taipei with a population of 1.3 million. Because emergency care and medical resources in the area were scarce, Dr Kwo-Whei Lee decided to establish Yuanlin Christian Hospital (YCH) as the 11th branch of Changhua Christian Hospital (CCH) with the primary focus on comprehensive medical care through innovative and advanced technology. "The healthcare industry is a free market and we continuously need to compete with each other. We need to be efficient so that we can survive and make revenue. Different hospitals need to develop their own strategies," Dr Lee told Asia Focus recently during the Smart City Brands media tour hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council. "Proper building design and spatial planning have proved to contribute to patients' healing journey, lower infection rates and reduce the length of hospital stays, while being able to generate higher efficiency in medical procedures and reduce energy consumption," he said. Images from a scan of a patient’s eye can be relayed to remote locations via the MiiS telemedicine application. For more than 120 years, CCH has been the prime health provider to people in central Taiwan with 11 hospital branches and 3,700 beds in Taichung, Changhua, Nantou and Yunlin counties. The group employs 8,000 staff. Over the past 15 years at CCH, Dr Lee has carefully observed the strengths and weaknesses in the medical system. The limitations he saw led him to believe there was a better way forward. With this in mind, he established YCH in 2015 as a small but highly sophisticated hospital with a full array of smart features and interconnected infrastructure to increase efficiency of medical operations, reduce energy consumption and enhance patients' experience. "We conceptualised the idea here as I wanted to overcome the issues at our current hospitals. I know the problems very well and know exactly where to change and what to improve," he said. Through smart spatial planning and data management, the hospital is able to increase efficiency and reduce costs and waiting times for patients, keeping them satisfied. "The idea is to develop a smart, resource-efficient and environmentally friendly hospital with comprehensive medical care and patientcentric services," Dr Lee said. “Proper building design and spatial planning has proven to contribute to patients’ healing journey, lower infection rates and reduce the length of hospital stays” — DR KWO-WHEI LEE, CEO, Yuanlin Christian Hospital "Patients want personalised medical information and precise diagnosis and demand prompt and 24/7 services. From the perspective of a healthcare service provider, we must provide according to what they need." Currently, YCH has 400 beds and full-scale medical facilities including major surgery, all-dimensional examination, obstetrics and gynaecology, major trauma, cardiovascular, paediatric emergency, 29 medical specialties and an air ambulance helipad. Because Taiwan has a vibrant information communication and technology industry, hospital managers can also collaborate with local technology companies without having to venture overseas. GREEN & PATIENT-CENTRIC The focus on patients begins with providing them with digital tools to input information about themselves to the hospital information system (HIS) without the need for human intervention, reducing the hassle of long waits and queues. A patient only needs his or her national health insurance card to initiate a primary check-up at a self-service kiosk, which measures vital signs and automatically prepares and labels test-tubes for further tests. "This shortens patients' waiting time and allows zero human errors," Dr Lee said. "With 2,500 to 3,000 outpatients per day, there has to be a system that engages the patients with medical service that is quick and precise." The inpatient experience is also a pleasant one. A touch-screen bedside infotainment system provides hospital information, diagnosis results and treatment options as well as entertainment options, so patients can learn about their conditions while being entertained. The hospital also places a significant emphasis on infection control through spatial design and technology. The intensive care unit (ICU), for instance, is designed with an overhanging cantilevered system in which none of the medical equipment touches the floor. Rooms are also curtain-free with electrically operated switchable glass compartments, reducing the risk of bacteria growing on the curtain. "We place the highest standard on infection control and we aim to minimise any possible risks of bacterial growth and viruses," said Dr Lee. The routes used to transport contaminated objects and sterile objects are also clearly separated, which eliminates any possibility of contaminating surgical tools. In the dentistry clinic, for instance, an overhead automated light-rail transport system transfers contaminated dental instruments to the cleaning and sterilising room. In the operating room there is Orber, a medical transport robot that can carry up to 150 kilogrammes of contaminated surgical materials to the cleaning room. "This can reduce the chances of work injury during the process of transport, and can avoid the risk of cross-infection when the transport is carried out by the staff," he said. The hospital also offers a long-distance consultation system through a robot. For example, it can evaluate whether a patient with acute stroke needs to be injected with rt-PA, a protein involved in the breakdown of blood clots. Another feature that sets YCH apart from many smart hospital designs is its energy management system (EMS). Real-time detection of outdoor environmental conditions helps determine appropriate indoor lighting, air-conditioning and energy requirements within each room. "We purposely designed the green building and smart energy control system to reduce energy consumption," Dr Lee said, adding that the visualisation dashboard and a control system can automatically adjust the output of the facilities to meet only the actual energy required. "Air-conditioning for operating rooms that are not being used, for instance, will not be turned on." In addition, the building is built with sun-blocking, and low-carbon construction materials with a heat recovery pump system, solar water-heating system, ice-storage air-conditioning system and rainwater recycling system to further reduce energy use. ATTRACTIVE INVESTMENT According to Dr Lee, the initial capital investment for the hospital was NT$4 billion (US$134 million) which is five or six times higher than for a traditional hospital of a similar size. This reflected the high commitment to research and development (R&D) and technology. "However, the turnover is much quicker than for a traditional hospital with revenue growing about 8-10 times faster compared to a traditional hospital," he said. He sees Southeast Asia as a great place to apply a similar model, giving its thriving economies, rising demand for healthcare and the low number of physicians. Making the hospital system more efficient has become crucial. There has been some interest among hospitals in the region, he said. "Hospital operators from Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Laos and Myanmar are interested in our smart hospital system, and want to collaborate with us. "This will be good for them as they will not have to spend a lot of time and resources to go through trial and error building up a smart system. They can jump right away to the same level as ours." Dr Lee's plan for YCH over the next few years is to continue to deepen the technology and ICT system and ensure the highest information security for the patients. "We don't focus solely on the expansion of hospital size or number of beds," he said. That's good news for businesses that supply smart hospitals too. "Implementing digital platforms in hospital systems will help drive 20% growth in the medical computing market," said Vivi Yen, business development manager at Advantech Co Ltd, one of the key technology suppliers for YCH. "Digitisation will increase the efficiency of overall hospital operations and reduce manual tasks for physicians and nurses." Ms Yen said Advantech was currently working on similar installations in Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The top challenges for emerging markets, she pointed out, include infrastructure, transmission capability, software and system integration. The key is to collaborate with the right local partners and understand their requirements, as priorities and levels of technological advancement in each country are different, she added.

Yuanlin Christian Hospital in ...

Foreign medical aid- Loan’s short firm for writing course


International Centerand Hong Fu Industrial Group launched the international medical cooperation of a lymphedema girl- Nguyen Luan from Vietnam in 2016. The Superintendent Hung-Chi Chen led the interdisciplinary medical team and successfully treated the girl. He overcame the emergency rescue of pulmonary embolism, showed exquisite medical skills, and helped Nguyen return to school, assist farming, and fulfill her wish of cycling. This case was selected for making an annually promotional short film of World Health Assembly in 2018. It will be produced in Vietnamese, along with other seven languages, Chinese, English, Japanese, French, Spanish, and German. There are exceeded 10 million clicks from the government’s overseas units, official Facebook of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and YouTube, and 85% clicks are from abroad. President Tsai Ing-Wen forwards in the official Twitter and the US Department of State Asia Pacific Bureau (EAP) also forwards through Twitter in order to promote the international brand reputation of our hospital, and the effects continue to spread.

Foreign medical aid- Loan’s sh...

Top 10 Medical Tourism Destinations in the World


Top 10 Medical Tourism Destinations in the World Author: Renee-Marie Stephano , February 20, 2018 As the cost of healthcare in the US continues to rise, many citizens and residents are in a continuous search for destinations outside the country where they can receive quality healthcare at a much lower rate. In 2016, over 11 million travelers left the shores of the US in search of different countries around the world seeking affordable healthcare. In a recent report by Visaand Oxford Economics, it was stated that this figure will grow by up to 25% every year for the next decade as the competition for health tourists between countries have becomes fiercer. Medical procedures ranging from cosmetic surgery, dental work, to orthopedic surgery can now be provided at high quality and affordable rates in many countries. As listed by Healthy Travel Media, publisher of Patients Beyond Borders, here are the top 10 medical tourism destinations around the world. India India is one of the key players in the medical tourism industry as it strives to provide health care services with cutting-edge technology. Healthcare in India saves patients between 65% to 90% of money compared to the cost of similar service in the US, making India one of the most visited countries for health care. Patients visit India not only for the quality and affordability of healthcare service but also for the beautiful scenery and architecture in India’s landscape. In India, medical travel brings a mix of pleasure, luxury, and quality healthcare for medical travelers. Many hospitals in India are accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) and Joint Commission International (JCI). Some private hospitals in India now provide health care packages for foreign patients which offer pick-ups from the airport to the hospital, free in-room Wi-Fi, and private chefs. Additionally, in India, there is close to zero waiting time, as scheduling surgery or intervention is done quickly once the diagnosis is confirmed. Brazil The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that Brazil ranks as the best in healthcare delivery in Latin America. Brazil has 43 hospitals accredited by the JCI and it boasts of having world-renowned surgeons. Brazil is the hub of cosmetic and plastic surgery, being the third most visited country, below US and China, for patients needing those procedures. Brazil offers high quality cosmetic and plastic surgical services at affordable rates, drawing more and more health travelers to the country. Florianopolis and Sao Paulo are two cities in Brazil best known for cutting-edge medical technology, medical advances, and innovation. Brazil is also a favorite for patients who seek special procedures such as the Brazilian butt-lift or other specialty services from world-renowned surgeons. Health travelers from the US save 20% to 30% on health cost if they receive their health treatment in Brazil. Malaysia Malaysia has won the number one spot in the International Medical Travel Journal’s award for “Health and Medical Tourism Destination of the year” in 2015 and 2016. Malaysia ranks among the best providers of healthcare in all of South-East Asia. Health travelers who visit Malaysia save 65% to 80% on health cost compared to the cost in the US. Malaysia offers excellent patient comfort with five-star rooms that look more like hotel suites than hospital rooms. In Prince Court Medical Centre, for example, there are indoor pools for hydrotherapy. How exquisite! At both Penang international airports and Kuala Lumpur airports, is the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) which provide lounge and concierge services to medical tourists to ensure their comfort from the very minute they arrive in Malaysia. Thailand Thailand is well known for its unique hospitality and exotic beaches. Having the highest number of internationally accredited hospitals in South-East Asia, Thailand draws a good number of medical travelers each year. Thailand is most reputed for advanced dental work as well as cosmetic and dermatological procedures. Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, accredited by Global Health Accreditation for medical services, is one of the best hospitals in Thailand, providing advanced healthcare services to over 400,000 medical tourists annually. The rich culture and beauty of Thailand also afford patients private recovery gardens, Thai massage and other forms of relaxation therapies Thailand is known for. Medical services in Thailand saves a patient 50% to 75% on medical expenses they would have incurred for similar services in the US. Turkey Turkey is a strong contender in the medical tourism market. Turkey boasts of zero waiting times, affordable and quality healthcare delivery. Specifically, in the areas of transplant surgery, radiation therapy for cancer, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and genomic medicine. What’s more? The country’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, offers flight rates at discounted prices to medical travelers. Cost of receiving quality healthcare in Turkey is 50% to 65% lower in Turkey than in the United States. Mexico Mexico is well known for its rich culture, delicious cuisine, and its good taste for art. Mexico has since opened its doors widely to medical travelers from around the world. Mexico has 98 hospitals accredited by the country’s Federal Health Ministry and 7 hospitals which are JCI-accredited. Mexico is most reputed for advanced care in dentistry and cosmetic surgery. Medical care in Mexico saves a patient 40% to 65% compared to the cost of similar services in the US. Costa Rica As Costa Rica rebuilds its economy following the damage that was done by the Tropical Storm some months ago, it is fast rising as a leader in the medical tourism market. This Central American country has ranked high in dentistry and cosmetic surgery, above Canada and US, consistently in the last few years. The country is also building a name in the fields of eye surgery, cancer therapy, and bariatric surgery. The CheTica Ranch located in San Jose provides exotic recovery retreats for medical travelers for patients who relish recovery in a relaxing ambiance. This ranch is also staffed with highly-trained nurses to cater to the medical needs of these patients as they recover. Cost of healthcare services in Costa Rica is 45% to 65% lower than in the US, saving patients a lot of money. Taiwan Taiwan has experienced gradual expansion in medical tourism in recent years. With advances in the treatment of cardiac diseases and orthopedic conditions in the country, Taiwan is on the verge of becoming a hub in these medical fields. Taiwan boasts as the first in kidney transplant in Asia. The National Taiwan University Hospital, where the procedure was performed, provides affordable and high-quality treatment for medical tourists. Also, the first ever pediatric liver transplant in Asia was performed by surgeons at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, where over 400 of such procedures have been done so far. Patients generally save 40% to 55% in healthcare cost in Taiwan compared to the cost of similar services in the United States. South Korea South Korea is one of the most tech-savvy and technologically advanced countries in the world. In South Korea, patients receive advanced healthcare services with cutting-edge technology from well-trained staff. The Wooridul Spine Hospital in Seoul ranks at the top in minimally-invasive spinal surgery in the country, performing over 20,000 of such procedures annually. This hospital provides exquisite accommodation with spacious rooms, a personal computer, and two beds in case a travel companion comes along with the patient. Another reason medical tourists are attracted to South Korea is the insurance coverage offered to medical tourists. The insurance covers injury, stress disorders, and death of a patient which occur as a result of the procedures or treatment they receive. South Korea reduces health cost by 30% to 45% for patients, compared to cost in the United States. Singapore Singapore is one of the most developed countries in the world, maintaining the top spot in the World Health Organization’s ranking of healthcare in Asian countries. According to Bloomberg, Singapore ranked at the top of countries with the most efficient healthcare systems in 2014, above 50 other countries. Gleneagles Hospital is one of the best hospitals in Singapore, offering excellent medical services state-of-the-art facilities and well-trained specialists. Seeking health care in Singapore saves a patient 25% to 40% of what they would have spent on the same services in the United States. As the medical tourism market becomes more competitive and countries invest more in it, these countries are likely to remain at the top while more countries spring up in the race to being key players in the industry of medical travel. Patients seeking medical treatment abroad should not look far away from these countries, as each promises quality care and a relaxing ambiance at an affordable cost. However, patients are advised to make adequate research on the countries and hospitals they seek to visit for treatment checking for international accreditation of the hospitals, quality and standard of care provided, and the skills of the needed medical professionals.

Top 10 Medical Tourism Destina...
Is the information helpful to you? Yes No
Site Map
Display the Menu
Close the Menu
Back Top