Taiwan's health tourism attracting thousands of Chinese

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Thousands of Chinese nationals visited Taiwan to have health checkups in the first eight months of this year, taking advantage of the medical tourism offered to Chinese tourists since 2008, a health official said Wednesday.

Tallies show that more than 3,000 Chinese who arrived as part of tour groups received health checkups during their visits to Taiwan in the eight months, said Shih Chung-liang, director of the Bureau of Medical Affairs under the Department of Health, at a conference on cross-Taiwan Strait medicine and healthcare cooperation.

Chinese visitors, attracted by Taiwan’s advanced medical skill and equipment, are willing to pay as much as NT$100,000 (US$3,289) for a half-day or full-day medical examination.

Medical tourism has been working out well in terms of Chinese tourists, so is not scheduled to be on the agenda of the next round of talks between the top cross-strait negotiators of the two sides, Shih said.

The new talks between Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) President Chen Yunlin will be held in Taipei by the end of this year, mainly to sign accords on cross-strait medical cooperation and investment protection.

It has become common for Chinese visitors to get medical checkups while here, said Mainland Affairs Council Vice Minister Liu Te-hsun. He added that some China-based Taiwanese businessmen also arrange checkups for their employees when they make trips to Taiwan. (By Kang Shih-ren and Kendra Lin)

Source: Focus Taiwan

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