Monday, October 27, 2008

Min-Sheng General Hospital Signs Agreement with Holiday Inn Express Hotel

Min-Sheng Hospital has recently signed an agreement with the nearby Holiday Inn Express Hotel। The Holiday Inn Express Hotel is conveniently located in the center of Taoyuan city. It has 138 comfortable rooms and provides free internet in each of its rooms and a delicious complimentary breakfast. The hotel also has top international management and is located close to a shopping center and convenient public transportation.

The Min-Sheng Health Care System is only one of a few Taiwanese hospitals with international standards. The Jin-Kuo campus was built in 2001 and contains 600 beds. It is the most well known large scale private hospital in the Taoyuan area. Chairman Yang stated that Min-Sheng made its first step toward medical tourism by building the Jin-Kuo campus and outfitting the hospital with state of the art medical equipment.

Min-Sheng and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel both agreed to develop medical tourism services, to provide medical services and information at more favorable prices, to aid customers in reaching the hospital for treatment, and to mutually cooperate in developing बिज़नस.

Professor Tingfang Liu Appointed Senior Consultant at Min-Sheng's Hainan Operation

To strengthen the Min-Sheng Health Care System and to enhance communication and cooperation with the Hainan health care system, a hospital management expert, Professor Tingfang Liu, has been appointed as a senior consultant at Min-Sheng। He will also assist in the development and promotion of Min-Sheng in China।

Professor Liu served as the president of the Hospital Association in the Hainan province। He was given a very warm reception by Min-Sheng's CEO, Dr। Fred Yang, and other colleagues. During the reception, Professor Liu stated that he hoped that through Dr. Yang's wealth of experience, he could help improve the quality of care and help bring about scientific and standardized management practices to mainland Chinese hospitals and health care.

During Professor Liu's speech, he touched on mainland China's accreditation system and other challenges। He also pointed out that the alliance of Min-Sheng and the Changjiang Second People's Hospital could be a turning point। Besides helping Taiwan's Min-Sheng Hospital promote mainland China's medical management and services, the alliance would also enable development of the health sanitation industry through enhanced quality promotion। Moreover, it would not only benefit senior level management, but also the development of the entire mainland Chinese medical industry.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Min-Sheng Begins New Alliance with BCBSC and Companion Global Healthcare

American insurance companies are increasingly looking to medical tourism as a means of reducing costs, especially in the face of recent economic malaise। America's largest health insurance organization, the Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina, and its subsidiary, Companion Global Healthcare, were recently in Taoyuan to sign a contract with Min-Sheng General Hospital that is expected to bring many Americans to Taiwan for medical services.
Unlike Taiwan, the United States doesn't have universal health care coverage. There are 39 independent health insurance companies nation-wide. The Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina is one of the largest health insurance organizations in the U.S. with one-third of the population as its members and 90% of the hospitals belonging to its network.
MissionCare's CEO, Dr। Fred Yang, stated that Min-Sheng has already signed contracts with seven different U.S. health insurance companies in 2008 and expects to sign with two more before year's end. He also believes that these insurance companies were willing to cooperate with Min-Sheng because the hospital was the first in Taiwan to receive Joint Commission International accreditation. Dr. Yang did admit, however, that at present patient volume from the U.S. is minimal. Nevertheless, he is confident that the new alliance with BCBSC could bring a flood of patients in the coming year.
MissionCare's Chief Quality Officer Connie Ma said that BCBSC established Companion Global Healthcare last year in order to provide its clients with a new product. She went on to say that Companion Global Healthcare arranges for patients to travel overseas, provides round trip tickets, and even provides $100 petty cash to every patient.
Ms। Ma also stated that medical costs have surged in the U.S. this year while at the same time medical resources are lacking and the wait time of patients is getting longer and longer, which has prompted health insurance companies to begin sending patients overseas for costly medical procedures.
Companion Global Healthcare has currently signed contracts with hospitals in 11 different nations. The hospitals in Asia are located in Thailand, Singapore and India. Min-Sheng has become the first hospital in Taiwan to be included in its network.
The secretary general of Taiwan Nongovernmental Hospital & Clinic Association, Ming-Yan Wu, pointed out that every American state places several restrictions on insurance companies with regard to overseas medical treatment। But, with the spread of the financial turmoil, local insurance companies hope that many of the restrictions will be lifted. Mr. Wu believes that market for American medical tourists will mature by 2010.
CEO Dr. Fred Yang told reporters that the Min-Sheng Health Care Group began the internationalization process six years ago and that within the year they will have signed contracts with nine different insurance companies. He added that shares of MissionCare's pharmaceutical company, Sheng-Hong, will be sold over the counter next year bringing them one step closer to becoming the largest health care group in the greater China area.
Min-Sheng Hospital was founded by Dr। Min-Sheng Yang in 1975. After his son, current CEO Dr. Fred Yang, joined the organization, it became more and more industrialized and developed. By 1997, the Min-Sheng Healthcare Group had grown to 11 hospitals and clinics including the original hospital.
CEO Yang stated that Min-Sheng General Hospital made three important moves in 1997. First, it signed the buy back lease deal with ING. Second, it obtained Joint Commission International Accreditation and signed an agreement with medical travel facilitator GlobalChoice. Third, they signed an agreement with UnitedHealth International.
Finally, CEO Yang stressed the need to attract the international community to come to Taiwan for medical treatment। Min-Sheng General specializes in cardiovascular, orthopedic, and minimally invasive surgeries and although none of these is an emergency procedure, Europeans and Americans will find that the cost of these procedures in Taiwan is typically 30% of the cost in Western countries

Sunday, October 12, 2008

MissionCare's Chairman Yang Wins Human Resource Development Innovation Award

Min-Sheng Yang, chairman of the MissionCare Health Care System, was awarded the "2008 Human Resource Development Innovation Award" by the Executive Yuan Council of Labor Affairs।
The "HRD Innovation Award" is the first national level award in the field of human innovation, but it is also the industry's highest honor। In order to participate in the program, businesses need to establish a complete system of human capital development। Chairman Yang believes that nurturing talented employees from low level staff to executives will foster human capital innovation and cultivate high quality talent and sustainable growth।
"Human Resource Innovation" is the development of sustainable industry and it cannot be replaced। This award has become the model for the industry। It includes, for example, the establishment of performance evaluation and an employee incentive system to encourage innovation and participation in the quality control circle. Additionally, it includes a system that promotes learning passport and the establishment of the Min-Sheng College EMBA program. Finally, it will promote education at National Taiwan University to build Taiwan's first medical organization in charge of elite education.
As part of his project to cultivate talent, Chairman Yang hopes to build a staff education center – The Min-Sheng Da-Xi Health Academy। In addition to providing professional staff training and career planning, the Academy's location inside of the Da-Xi Healh Park will afford busy students a place to relax।
Chairman Yang also pointed out that human resource innovation and development is a trend of the 21st century knowledge based economy that will enhance international competitiveness and continue to uphold the achievement of sustainable human development, sustainable human innovation, and investment in human capital।