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Formosa Medical Travel Promotes Taiwan as a World-Class Medical Tourism Destination for Americans, TAITRA Announces


November 30th, 2009 by Formosa Medical Travel

TAIPEI, Taiwan– Marking another step in the development of Taiwan’s medical tourism industry, TAITRA announces Formosa Medical Travel, the first American-owned and operated medical tourism agency offering service in Taiwan.

“We believe that this is a great step in the emergence of Taiwan as a premier medical tourism destination,” said TAITRA. “Formosa Medical Travel has entered into agreements with three of Taiwan’s major hospitals this year, including Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital, Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, and Changhua Christian Hospital. With their comprehensive website and premium level of service, Formosa Medical Travel offers patients an easy way to take advantage of the first-rate, affordable medical care offered in Taiwan.”

Taiwan’s healthcare system has long been praised as one of the most efficient in the world, with administrative costs below two percent. “While the debate over healthcare reform in the United States continues, the costs of medical care in Taiwan remain among the lowest in the world,” said Don Gilliland, Chief Operating Officer of Formosa Medical Travel. “For example, the price of total knee replacement surgery at a JCI-accredited hospital in Taiwan, including all surgical costs, VIP accommodations, concierge service, transportation, and round-trip airfare, is generally less than $15,000, while the price in the United States is often upwards of $60,000.”

Medical tourism has surged in recent years, as an increasing number of Americans are turning to lower-cost healthcare overseas as a way to save on medical bills. “Medical tourism is also drawing the attention of self-insured employers and small business owners,” said Gilliland, “because it is an effective way to reduce healthcare costs while still offering first-rate medical care to employees.”

Formosa Medical Travel’s website, FormosaMedicalTravel.com, offers patients a simple and comprehensive way to review doctors’ resumes and credentials, hospital accreditations and surgery prices, as well as frequently asked questions and a detailed explanation of procedures. With a simple three-step approach, Formosa Medical Travel assists patients in every step of the medical travel process, from start to finish.

About Formosa Medical Travel

Formosa Medical Travel, an American-owned and operated medical tourism company based in Taipei, works on behalf of American patients seeking high-quality medical care at affordable prices, connecting them with a network of world-class hospitals located in Taiwan. As a full-service medical tourism company, Formosa Medical Travel assists patients in all aspects of the process, from booking surgery and transferring medical records, to assistance in finding air travel and providing personalized concierge service. There is no charge to the patient for these services. To learn more, visit http://FormosaMedicalTravel.com.

About TAITRA

Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.

TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 600 trained specialists stationed at its Taipei headquarters, four local branch offices in Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, and over 48 overseas branch offices worldwide. TAITRA’s Service Industry Promotion Center was inaugurated in July 2006 to facilitate the globalization of Taiwan’s burgeoning service industry.



Formosa Medical Travel Adds Three of Taiwan’s Leading Hospitals to Medical Tourism Network


October 2nd, 2009 by Formosa Medical Travel

TAIPEI, Taiwan– Formosa Medical Travel, a medical tourism facilitation company headquartered in Taipei, has entered into agreements with three of Taiwan’s leading hospitals, with the assistance of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital, Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, and Changhua Christian Hospital are the three newest members of Formosa Medical Travel’s network.

 

“We believe that Taiwan is destined to develop into one of the leading countries in Asia’s medical tourism market,” said Tom Griffith, Executive Vice President of Formosa Medical Travel. “The quality of medical care in Taiwan has long been lauded for its efficiency and modernity, and these three facilities stand at the forefront. We know that medical travelers will find Taiwan to be a very accessible, highly-developed country, and these world-class facilities reflect a healthcare system that ranks among the finest in the world. We are thrilled to form a relationship with these world-class facilities and their medical teams.” With this expansion of its network, Formosa Medical Travel has increased the options available to patients seeking low-cost solutions in medical tourism.

 

Among Americans, medical tourism has experienced rapid growth in recent years, as an increasing number of patients seek alternatives to high costs in the United States. Taiwan provides one of the appealing options in travel, with internationally-accredited hospitals, world-class healthcare professionals, the latest in medical technology, and friendly, patient-oriented services. Taiwan’s highly-developed medical infrastructure, combined with its low administrative costs and efficient service, has allowed it to offer medical procedures at costs competitive with the world’s most popular medical travel destinations.

 

“Our hospital was accredited last year by Joint Commission International, an international branch of JACHO, U.S.A. FORMOSA has visited us many times and were very impressed by the high quality and reasonable cost of our joint replacement procedure,” said Jui-Lung Tung, Vice Superintendent (Administration) of Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital. Show Chwan Memorial Hospital and Changhua Christian Hospital also expressed their high expectation about the collaboration. They believe this not only marks another step in the emergence of Taiwan as a premier destination in medical tourism, but also proves the high quality of Taiwan’s medical service.

 

About Formosa Medical Travel

 

Formosa Medical Travel works on behalf of patients seeking affordable knee and hip replacement surgery abroad, connecting them with a network of world-class hospitals located in Taiwan. These facilities provide outstanding medical care while offering patients significant savings. Formosa Medical Travel books patients’ surgery, transfers medical records, assists in finding flights and hotels, and provides concierge services to customers in Taiwan. There is no charge to the patient for these services. To learn more, visit Formosa Medical Travel

 

About TAITRA

 

Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.

 

TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 600 trained specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters, four local branch offices in Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, and over 48 overseas branch offices worldwide. TAITRA’s Service Industry Promotion Center was inaugurated in July 2006 to facilitate the globalization of Taiwan’s burgeoning service industry.






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