An exhibition in Vietnam has showcased Taiwanese medical expertise in the treatment of liver and heart conditions. That’s as Taiwan seeks to promote medical tourism in Southeast Asian countries as part of the government’s New Southbound policy.
The Taiwan Expo in Vietnam 2018 was held from July 26-28 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event was sponsored by TAITRA, the Taiwan External Trade Development council.
Among the exhibitors was Taipei’s Cathay General Hospital. The hospital’s stand promoted its expertise in treating hepatitis and cardiovascular disease. The diseases are a leading cause of death in Vietnam, with smokers and drinkers accounting for a large part of the country’s population of over 90 million people.
Visitors to the exhibition were reportedly interested to learn that the cost of seeking medical treatment in Taiwan can be half the cost of similar services in Singapore or South Korea.
Cathay General Hospital also has partnerships with six hospitals across Vietnam. The partnerships include assisting the training of local medical professionals.