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Taiwan eyes Vietnam for healthcare services and solutions

Released at: 17:26, 31/07/2017

Taiwan eyes Vietnam for healthcare services and solutions

The “Taiwan Medical Miracles” seminar. Photo: Hong Nhung (VET)

Thirteen Taiwanese companies showcase state-of-the-art healthcare equipment and solutions at recent Taiwan Expo 2017 in HCMC.

by Khanh Chi

Taiwan has increasingly been focusing on Vietnam’s healthcare market as an ideal destination in Southeast Asia to promote its healthcare services and smart medical solutions in the country, the “Taiwan Medical Miracles” seminar held within the framework of Taiwan Expo 2017 at the Saigon Exhibition and Conference Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City a few days ago heard.

The seminar aimed at establishing foundations for development cooperation, supporting Vietnam in medical and public healthcare, and promoting Taiwan’s high-quality healthcare services to Vietnamese people.

According to Ms. Angela Chang, Director of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), most State hospitals in Vietnam are overcrowded, which leads to long waiting times, a shortage of beds, and increased risk of cross-infection among patients.

Over the past two years, more than 2,000 Vietnamese patients have travelled to Taiwan to seek treatment, with the number seeking treatment for cancer and rare diseases increasing sharply.

“Since 2008, Taiwan has promoted healthcare cooperation with Vietnam and  the cost of medical care in Taiwan has become suitable for Vietnamese patients,” Ms. Chang said.

Along with other Taiwanese healthcare service enterprises, on July 25 TAITRA paid a visit to the Shing Mark Hospital in southern Dong Nai province to donate the UNITECH LIGcare smart healthcare system, to improve the experience of Vietnamese patients. This was also held within the framework of Taiwan Expo 2017.

Taiwan is an emerging destination for Vietnamese patients, besides Singapore and Thailand. It is known for quality medical services at affordable cost, which is roughly one-fifth of the cost in the US and Europe. There are 17 JCI-accredited (Joint Commission International) healthcare centers and hospital in Taiwan.

It has also integrated technology innovations into its healthcare system to cut patient waiting times and improve treatment quality. Initiatives include intelligent disaster-prevention information systems and a remote healthcare model.

“Taiwan wants to export these solutions to overseas markets like Vietnam,” Ms. Chang said. “We are also looking to tighten partnerships between Taiwan and Vietnam to improve local healthcare services.”

To reach this goal, a delegation of 13 Taiwanese companies in the field of healthcare and medical equipment showcased their state-of-the-art healthcare equipment and solutions at Taiwan Expo 2017, including UNITECH Electronics, Energy On Things, Sofiva Genomics, and Netown.

Ms. Chang noted that this is the fourth time they have visited Vietnam to explore the market. Most are seeking local partners and distributors to provide healthcare solutions and equipment.

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