Taiwan : Medi-Travel
Taiwan is regarded as having an excellent, low cost health care system. Many surgical or cosmetic procedures performed here cost a fraction of the price that they do in other countries. For example, in the United States, a liver transplant may cost US$300,000, while in Taiwan it would generally cost about US$91,000 while the cost of heart bypass surgery or a hip-joint replacement is about 20% of identical procedures in the U.S.
Even after paying their airfare and other expenses, Americans traveling to Taiwan for surgery can expect to save between 40% and 55%.
Several hospitals provide cosmetic surgery; double eyelid surgery and augmentation rhinoplasty are especially popular procedures. Cosmetic surgery prices are typically half of those in Japan and are comparable to, or even lower than, those in South Korea. In addition to cost, a further driver of medical travel is the convenience and speed of the Taiwanese system.
Many hospitals have the Taiwan Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation which certifies that these hospitals have reached an international standard. 8 medical centers in Taipei also have this hospital accreditation. Many of the doctors practising in Taiwan have studied in the United States, and most specialists speak fluent English.
Of the 9 hospitals in Taiwan that have the Joint Commission International Hospital Accreditation, five of these hospitals are in Taipei:
- Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center
- Shuang Ho Hospital - Taipei Medical University
- Taipie Medical University - Municipal Wan Fang Hospital
- Taipei Medical University Hospital
- Taiwan Adventist Hospital
“The island offers the cheapest and best medical facilities of any country in the world”
October 2014, Britain’s Daily Telegraph, HSBC Bank data
Disabled & Mobility Impaired
For mobility impaired or disabled travelers, it is easy to get around in Taiwan, especially Taipei. Significant progress has been made in terms of barrier-free access to railway stations, airports and other public places and facilities for the disabled are now standard at public restrooms.
Wellness-Travelers pursue diverse activities including physical fitness and sports; beauty treatments; dietary and weight management; relaxation and stress relief; meditation; yoga, and health-related education and may seek procedures or treatments using conventional, alternative, complementary, herbal, or homeopathic medicine.
As a market comparison, in the US almost 17 million (40%) of US hotel guests state that they seek to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling and will make hotel arrangements accordingly.
Global hotel groups, including Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), Kimpton Hotels, MGM Grand Hotels, Trump Wellness Hotels, and Westin have developed and promoted programs to attract these health-conscious guests. Programs include healthy menu options, relaxation programs, spa services, and fitness facilities and classes. As of 2012, over 80% of US hotels and over 90% of upscale US hotels offered fitness facilities. Internationally, 45% of hotel guests indicated that the existence of a hotel spa was an important factor in their booking decision.