HCM CITY (VNS) — Taiwan has joined Singapore and Thailand as a popular destination for Vietnamese to get medical treatment.
Health experts from Taiwan's six largest hospitals yesterday told the media before visiting Cho Ray and other major hospitals in HCM City that 10 per cent of their 170,000 foreign patients last year were in fact Vietnamese.
Dr Huang Cheng Hua, deputy director of Cathay General Hospital, said it has advanced medical equipment and skilled doctors.
The visit is also aimed at promoting co-operation in administration and training, he said, adding that many other hospitals in Taiwan also want to co-operate with their counterparts in Viet Nam.
The visitors held a meeting with the officials from the municipal Department of Health to learn more about the Vietnamese medical system and explore co-operation opportunities.
Four months ago the National Taiwan University Hospital and Viet Nam's Viet Duc Hospital inked an agreement for a medical exchange programme under which the former will send doctors to help their Vietnamese counterparts upgrade medical skills.
Since 2006, when the two first signed an agreement, 17 Vietnamese doctors have received training at the Taiwanese hospital.
The visitors will also attend a medical seminar in HCM City today and share their expertise in treating cardiovascular and liver diseases and other medical services.
They are set to leave for Ha Noi after the seminar. —VNS