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In crowded market, Taiwan’s medical travel industry grows

  • Pandaya

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, December 18 2019   /  02:22 am

What’s new: The 2019 Healthcare+ Expo Taiwan features 1,900 booths showcasing healthcare advancements. Taiwan is striving to catch up to more established medical tourism players in Asia. Tourism has been traditionally associated with going to faraway places for fun — shopping for branded luxuries, sunbathing in tropical beaches or trekking through jungles. That was until a few years ago when going abroad for life-or-death cardiac surgery began to be regarded as a form of tourism too.It is true that many wealthy Indonesians travel to Taiwan or South Korea for aesthetic surgery or to Malaysia and Singapore for cancer treatments. That may sound like a heart-wrenching form of tourism but the phrase has become globally accepted.The worldwide medical tourism business continues to grow. A recent study by market research company Wise Guy Reports forecasted that the global medical tourism mar...