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Taiwan trying to turn Chinese tourists into medical tourists

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

3,000 people from mainland China visit Taiwan everyday, leading officials in Taiwan to make an effort to have some of those tourists come to Taiwan specifically for medical procedures. Analysts suggest that if 10% of the Chinese tourists to Taiwan spend $600 on physical exams, it would generate $200 million annually. Costs of healthcare are significantly lower in Taiwan than mainland China giving hope to officials that they can tap into the medical tourism industry. Dr Leu Jyh-Gang, chief of Health Management Department at Shin Kong Memorial Hospital, says a "PET scan costs US$1,550 in the mainland. For the same price, Chinese visitors can have a PET scan and a five-day tour in Taiwan".

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