Monday, March 3, 2008

Taiwan’s Min-Sheng Hospital Aims to Go Global

Min-Sheng General Hospital officially launched its "International Healthcare Center" on Feb. 21, 2008. With the establishment of the International Health Care Center, the department will strive to position itself globally by providing medical services to foreign patients travelling abroad. During this event the hospital introduced its international services to the public and signed several contracts with health care related companies.

The founder of Min-Sheng Hospital, Dr. Min-sheng Yang, said, “The relatively new field of medical tourism has seen steady growth over the past few years in Taiwan. The founding of the International Healthcare Center is a stepping-stone for us from the domestic health care industry to the globalization movement allowing for diversification and allocation of healthcare resources to the international market. Min-Sheng Hospital’s international team is currently working on many programs to bring overseas patients to Taiwan by offering extremely high level amenities and medical expertise comparable to the hospitals of developed nations. Additionally, medical costs are relatively low here in Taiwan, so I hope more and more patients from other countries will visit us.”

On the morning of the ceremony, Min-Sheng General Hospital signed contracts with the Taiwan Medical Tourism Development Association, Yuan Ze University, International SOS and the E-Health Consulting Group. The cooperation plans range from research projects regarding sustaining business models to patient referral to international medical rescue actions.

Min-Sheng General Hospital is the first JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited hospital in Taiwan. The 600 bed hospital provides comprehensive tertiary health care including a 24-hour trauma center in the city of Taoyuan. It is the closest major hospital to the international airport offering several unique specialties by a team of highly skilled medical specialists.
The International Healthcare Center is located on the 22nd floor and is staffed with several multi-lingual specialists dedicated to building up Min-Sheng's international brand image and business model. It has a 24 hour hotline as the single contact window for responding to overseas patients' inquires. If needed, the center also provides assistance with communication and medical information to local expatriates visiting the hospital.

The International Healthcare Center will work in close conjunction with the hospital’s Asia Pacific Centers of Excellence: the VIP Health Checkup Center, the Orthopedic Center, the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, the Aesthetic medicine center, the Heart Center, the Eye Center, and the Infertility Center. Staff members are confident that the hospital’s excellent reputation for high quality care will attract travelers from North America, particularly those seeking bariatric surgeries, total hip and knee replacements, Lasik eye surgery, cosmetic surgery and VIP health checkups.

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