The group arrived Sept. 26 and will stay in
Some of the medical procedures the group will undergo include MRI, PET and 256-slice CT scans to check for signs of cancer, cardiovascular disease and cerebral disease -- the three leading causes of death in
The entire package costs roughly 12,800 Chinese yuan (US$1,911) , about twice the price of a regular tour package, said Alex Hung, president of the Shinkong Medical Club.
Group member Qin Jianwei, a real estate investor and tour operator who has been to
"I have received similar check-ups in
Zhang Minghung, a seasoned tour operator of 21 years, predicted that Taiwan s medical tourism will become one of the biggest attractions for mid-to high-income Chinese tourists.
Although other countries, such as
He said two more similar tour groups from
Both tour operators also urged the Taiwanese government to expedite its approval of entry by individual Chinese tourists, saying that doing so would greatly increase Chinese tourists interest in Taiwanese medical tourism.
Department of Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang said at a medical conference in July that Taiwan should capitalize on its " excellent medical resources and attempt to attract patients from China among other countries, " warning that if Taiwan fails to do so, good Taiwanese doctors and hospitals might end up relocating to China to take advantage of the booming demand there.
Hung for his part also urged the government to put more effort into marketing Taiwanese medical tourism on a global scale, calling it one of the country s major "soft powers."
At present, the Shinkong Medical Club makes as much as NT$20 million each year from Chinese tourists seeking medical services. The figure is roughly 2 percent of the center s total revenue and Hung expressed hope that with the influx of Chinese tourists, the number will increase by at least 5 percent by the end of next year.
Chinese tour group lauds Taiwans medical tourism
Updated: September 30 2010(GMT+08:00)
News Source: Focustaiwan
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