Jiufen was a prosperous gold mining town. Now, the quaint streets & tea houses saved it from becoming yet another anonymous ghost town
CMUH Hong Fu Industrial Group Cooperate to Launch Global Medical Assistance
Towards the end of the 2012 year, the Chinese Medical University Hospital (CMUH) completed the first stage of surgery on a Vietnamese girl, Loan, that had deformed, giant legs; she was very lucky this year to have received charitable donations from H ...
Launch Global Medical Assistance
We are not just doctors, we are also people
(Jun 22, 2015)  Frustration, misunderstanding and dissatisfaction are the new characteristics of doctor-patient relations in China, often resulting in violence. To Doctor Qin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, that tension brought burns to 34% of his bod ...
We are not just doctors, we are also people
Cancer cases show steep increase in past few years
(Apr 16, 2014)  More than 92,000 people, or one in every 251 residents of Taiwan, were diagnosed with cancer in 2011, an increase of more than 2,000 from the previous year, according to figures released by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) yesterday. For the sixth y ...
Cancer cases show steep increase in past few years
Health care system reform needed
(Mar 18, 2015)  As Taiwan's work force shrinks at a pace of about 180,000 per year, a number of experts including former health minister Yaung Chih-liang on Monday provided insights on how the government can prevent the National Health Insurance (NHI) program from going ...
Fixing Taiwan s healthcare system
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Sex-selective abortions in China
(2015/5/10 06:14). A campaign began in April to clampdown on illegal prenatal gender tests and sex-selective abortions to address the gender-ratio imbalance, health authorities said. According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), the campaign, which wil ...
Sex-selective abortions in China
CMUH-Dubai Medical Collaboration
(Jan 5, 2015)  Su-Ming Hsu:  It’s a memorable day that we are here to declare the cooperation between Middle East and Far East on the Medical Industry. This unity is meaningful for people who are in need of medical help and for the economic developments as well. ...
CMUH-Dubai Medical Collaboration
Taiwan top-rated for health: expats
(Nov 4, 2014)  Taiwan offers the cheapest and best medical facilities for expatriates compared with any other country, according to a recent poll that surveyed expatriates from more than 100 countries. “Nearly seven in 10 expats in Taiwan say they spend less on health ...
Taiwan top-rated for health: expats
Free zone concept for medical tourism industry
(Aug 1, 2013) The Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Promotion in Taipei released the latest statistics on cancer, which showed that 90,649 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2010, which marks an increase of 3,460 from the previous year.Health officials encourage ...
2019 High-Quality and Excellent Services
Obesity problems pass on to children: health group
(Nov 4, 2014)  About four in 10 Taiwanese parents are overweight, which not only puts them at a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, but also makes their children more prone to obesity, according to a survey published by the Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation yest ...
Obesity problems pass on to children: health group
Health TV shows in China will be more closely regulated
(Oct 17, 2014)  China's top broadcast watchdog has tightened control over the production of health-related TV programs, a move it says will provide viewers with better, more scientific health information. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and T ...
Health TV shows in China will be more closely regulated
Nobel prizes show China must go back to basics in science
(Oct 13, 2014)  This year's Nobel prizes in physiology or medicine, physics and chemistry have been announced, with no winners of Chinese nationality, disappointing many. Each fall, Chinese science and the Nobel prize spark embarrassed conversation online as people in t ...
Nobel prizes show China must go back to basics in science
Taiwan, China reach consensus on new drug clinical tests: MAC
(Sep 6, 2014)  Taiwan and China reached a “concrete consensus” on clinical tests for new drugs, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China policy maker, said Thursday. The apparent breakthrough came during a recent visit by Vice Health Minister S ...
Taiwan, China reach consensus on new drug clinical tests: MAC
Average life expectancy in Taiwan keeps on rising
(Sep 6, 2014)  Average life expectancy at birth for Taiwanese girls in 2009-2011 was 82.47 years, while the figure for their male counterparts was 75.96 years, marking a rise of over 2 years for each gender from a decade ago. Compared with the figures for children born in 1 ...
Average life expectancy in Taiwan keeps on rising
Intercity forum fosters HK-Taiwan ties
(Jul 31, 2014)  Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory So and Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man spoke at the 2014 Hong Kong-Taichung Intercity Forum in Taichung today. Over 150 government officials, experts and stakeholders from both sides at ...
Intercity forum fosters HK-Taiwan ties
Doctors deserve reasonable return
(Jul 21, 2014)  Taiwanese lawyers receive NT$10,000 per hour in consultation fees, while diagnostic fees for doctors are just NT$250 — a sum that is often reduced according to the total cost of each visit. When you send a car off for maintenance, it takes at least hal ...
Doctors deserve reasonable return
The government ponders fluorine in salts
(June 14, 2014). With the high occurrence of cavities in the nation's teeth, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) is studying the feasibility of adding fluorine, known for its cavity prevention effect, to table salts. Tooth decay was so common in Taiwan last year that th ...
The government ponders fluorine in salts
China to ease foreign investment curbs in hospitals
(June 1, 2014). China will ease curbs on foreign investment in joint-venture hospitals, its government said yesterday, as it deepens a sweeping overhaul of the national healthcare system aimed at cutting costs and sprucing up overloaded public services. China is an appealing mar ...
China to ease foreign investment curbs in hospitals
Fungus from China may be behind Kawasaki disease
(May 23, 2014) An international research team has found that a fungus carried by air currents from China's northeastern region to Japan may be the cause of Kawasaki disease, a rare childhood illness that affects the blood vessels including the coronary arteries, reports Huan ...
Fungus from China may be behind Kawasaki heart disease
Taiwanese minister talks with Chinese health official
(May 23, 2014). Minister of Health and Welfare Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) yesterday met with China’s vice health minister on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. Chiu told the Central News Agency that his talks with Wang Guoqiang (王國強), vice minis ...
Taiwanese minister talks with Chinese health official
Cancer crisis in China
(May 1, 2014)  China and India are facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment all causing large-scale problems, experts said on Friday. In a major report, published in The Lancet Oncology, more than 40 specialists warn that Asia& ...
Smoking, unequal care ignite a cancer crisis in China
Cancer cases show steep increase in past few years
(Apr 16, 2014)  More than 92,000 people, or one in every 251 residents of Taiwan, were diagnosed with cancer in 2011, an increase of more than 2,000 from the previous year, according to figures released by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) yesterday. For the sixth y ...
Cancer cases show steep increase in past few years
Patients overly reliant on emergency services: NHIA
(Apr 7, 2014) About 18,000 people per day seek emergency medical care in Taiwan, which has led to longer waiting times in hospital emergency rooms, greater pressure on resources and a reduced availability of doctors, National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) data show. Age ...
Patients overly reliant on emergency services: NHIA
‘Knife jugglers’ indicate medical brain drain: reports
(Apr 6, 2014) Taiwan may be facing a brain drain in the medical sector as many of its doctors, particularly a category of skilled surgeons dubbed “knife jugglers,” are reportedly eyeing more lucrative opportunities in China. It has been reported that every weekend, 5 ...
‘Knife jugglers’ indicate medical brain drain: reports
Cancer screenings show half of 30-somethings have colorectal polyps
(Mar 31, 2014) Taiwan’s number one cancer by far is colorectal cancer. Last week during the Formosa Cancer Foundation’s screening event for colorectal cancer it was discovered that nearly 60 percent of people who underwent colonoscopies had polyps, which were eventua ...
Cancer screenings show half of 30-somethings have colorectal polyps
Health group warns men of increasing osteoporosis risk
(Mar 5, 2014)  Contrary to the popular belief that osteoporosis only affects women when they reach menopause, the International Osteoporosis Foundation released a new study suggesting that men are more prone to the progressive disease when they hit the 50-year mark. There a ...
Health group warns men of increasing osteoporosis risk
NHI introduces online resources plan
(Mar 3, 2014)  The public will soon be able to check and compare the costs of medical devices not covered by National Health Insurance (NHI), and apply for and download their medical records online, National Health Insurance Administration Director-General Huang San-kuei ( ...
NHI introduces online resources plan
Taiwan, Dubai to sign medical MOU
(Feb 20, 2014)  Taiwan and Dubai are soon to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on medical exchanges, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday after a trip to the United Arab Emirates. A delegation headed by Health and Welfare Minister Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) ...
Taiwan, Dubai to sign medical MOU
Ma hails growth in tourism industry
(Feb 14, 2014)  President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday hailed the “phenomenal growth” in Taiwan’s tourism industry, noting that the number of inbound visits has more than doubled since he took office in May 2008. “For the first time, I feel tha ...
Ma hails growth in tourism industry
Taiwan praised for good treatment of Indonesians
(Jan 24, 2014)  Indonesian officials have commended Taiwan for the way it treats domestic helpers in the nation, with one saying it can be held up as an example for other countries. Priyo Budi Santoso, deputy speaker of the Indonesian legislature, recently thanked Taiwan fo ...
Taiwan praised for good treatment of Indonesians
Things Taiwan does better than anywhere else
(Jan 16, 2014). Night markets and uniquely themed restaurants can be found in many places — but the best are in Taiwan, a CNN article said yesterday. The list, featured by CNN Go, the news organization’s travel program, listed those and eight other “things Taiw ...
CNN: Things Taiwan does better than anywhere else
China’s new policy on hospitals
(Jan 13, 2014). China’s announcement on Friday that healthcare service providers from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will be able to operate fully owned hospitals in all of its 333 provincial cities has been met with a lukewarm response from Taiwan’s healthcare commun ...
China’s new policy on hospitals
Transplant policies need revision
(Jan 18, 2014)  The Cabinet took action this week to bolster the chances of people whose lives are dependent upon an organ transplant and to bar the trade in organs. Both moves were long overdue, but now it is up to the legislature to pass the changes into law. It should do ...
Transplant policies need revision
Healthcare workers to be paid overtime under act
(Jan 1, 2014)  With the exception of doctors all healthcare workers are to be paid overtime from tomorrow under the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法). The health workers were previously not protected by the working hours regulations of the act, instead conforming to an ...
Healthcare workers to be paid overtime under act
Health hubs at four airports to lure investment
(Dec 29, 2013) President Ma Ying-jeou, third left, Premier Jiang Yi-huah, third right, and other government officials attend the inauguration of the International Health Liaison Center at Songshan airport in Taipei yesterday International Health Liaison Centers were unveiled ...
Health hubs at four airports to lure investment
Minister warns against too much hotpot
(Dec 28, 2013)  While hotpot restaurants across the nation have seen a surge in reservations as temperatures have dropped in recent weeks, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said people should beware excessive weight gain. According to ministry statistics, when dining at an ...
Minister warns against too much hotpot
China investigates vaccine maker after baby deaths
(Dec 25, 2013)  A team of government investigators was sent to Biokangtai, a drug maker based in the southern city of Shenzhen, state broadcaster China Central Television said, amid growing public concern about the safety of the vaccine. The probe was launched after provinc ...
China investigates vaccine maker after baby deaths
Legislators debate amendments to legalize surrogacy
(Dec 17, 2013)  Amendments to the Artificial Reproduction Act (人工生殖法) that would legalize surrogacy were debated in the legislature’s plenary session yesterday. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiang Hui-chen (江惠貞), who has also proposed ame ...
Legislators debate amendments to legalize surrogacy
Foreign workers urge care system
(Dec 16, 2013)  Hundreds of local and foreign workers protest against sweatshop work conditions and demanding a well-structured long-term care system in front of the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taipei yesterday. Despite the pouring rain, hundreds of migrant workers an ...
Foreign workers urge care system
World Bank calls for health cover
(Dec 12, 2013) Universal health coverage is not only morally correct, but vital for a country’s economic development, the president of the World Bank told a conference in Japan on Dec 6, 2013. Jim Yong Kim said instituting a system that ensures the whole population has acc ...
World Bank calls for health cover
Curbing betel nut habits proves tough nut to crack
(Dec 5, 2013)  Some counties and cities are making progress in weaning people off betel nut, but the habit is still causing thousands of deaths every year in this country, a survey on efforts to prevent betel nut consumption found. However, more needs to be done, said Hahn ...
Curbing betel nut habits proves tough nut to crack
Chinese turn to US in surrogate search
(Dec 4, 2013)  For decades China has been a top destination for Americans seeking to adopt a child from abroad, but now its own citizens are making the reverse trek across the Pacific to fulfill their parental dreams — through surrogacy. After cancer left her unable t ...
Chinese turn to US in surrogate search
Shanghai authorities warn children to stay indoors amid severe air pollution
(Dec 3, 2013). Shanghai warned children and the elderly to stay indoors as the level of the most harmful pollutants exceeded more than 10 times the level deemed safe by the WHO. The air pollution index in the nation’s commercial hub exceeded 300 as of 10am, placing it in t ...
Shanghai authorities warn children to stay indoors amid severe air pollution
Prosecute violent acts at hospitals: legislators
(Dec 1, 2013)   The government must crack down on perpetrators of violence in hospitals, healthcare worker groups, lawmakers and government officials said yesterday in response to a continuing spate of assaults in healthcare facilities. Legislators and healthcare worker gro ...
Prosecute violent acts at hospitals: legislators
Elderly expats returning: for medical services
(Nov 30, 2013). An increasing number of expatriates are returning to Taiwan to live out their remaining days, Chinese-language media reports quoted the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC, 僑委會) as saying. According to the council’s data, many Taiwanese who moved ...
Elderly expats returning: for medical services
Taiwan lags behind in cancer primary care network
(Nov 26, 2013)  Taiwan lags behind other countries in its cancer primary care network and a system that would remind the public about the screening schedule, despite providing more cancer screening programs than a country like the UK, Health Promotion Administration Directo ...
Taiwan lags behind in cancer primary care network
2013 CMUH-MDACC Joint Symposium
(Nov 23, 2013) Dr. Ronald DePinho (President, UTMD Anderson) speaks at the 2013 CMUH-MDACC Joint Symposium about MDACC "Moon Shots Program (登月計畫)" - an unprecedented effort to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinic ...
Moon Shots Program
Family thanks Matsu for healing
(Nov 20, 2013)  A woman in Greater Tainan surnamed Lai had a primary astrocytoma, a type of cancer of the brain, which paralyzed one side of her face and made her mouth crooked. After going to China Medical University Beigang Hospital (媽祖醫院) in Yunlin County for ...
Family thanks Matsu for waking daughter from coma after removal of brain tumor
Speed main complaint for digitized inter-hospital medical records
(Nov 16, 2013)  The Ministry of Health and Welfare started offering subsidies to hospitals in 2010 for Internet development and to promote platforms for digitizing medical records. At present, 2,000 clinics and 142 hospitals in Taiwan have entered the electronic medical rec ...
Speed main complaint for digitized inter-hospital medical records
Capitation could save NHI costs, improve relations
(Nov 12, 2013)  Deteriorating doctor-patient relations and overuse of medical care under a fee-for-service (FFS) payment system can be improved and curbed by consolidating the family physicians system with a capitation payment system, which is now being undertaken as a pilo ...
Capitation could save NHI costs, improve relations
New China cities: shoddy homes, broken hopes
(Nov 10, 2013)  Three years ago, the Shanghai World Expo featured this newly built town as a model for how China would move from being a land of farms to a land of cities. In a dazzling pavilion visited by more than 1 million people, visitors learned how farmers were being ...
New China cities: shoddy homes, broken hopes
Southeast Asia’s Medical Travel Boom
(Nov 2, 2013)  Indian medical group Manipal Health Enterprises, which recently acquired a hospital in Malaysia in its first overseas foray, hopes to use the Southeast Asian country as a entryway into the region’s booming niche medical services industry for bargain-hun ...
Southeast Asia’s Medical Travel Boom
Down syndrome live births reduced
(Nov 5, 213)  The Down syndrome birth rate has significantly decreased with the introduction of screening tests from 22.28 per 100,000 live births in 2001 to 7.79 in 2010, the Taiwan Society of Perinatology said yesterday, urging all pregnant women to undertake the recommen ...
Down syndrome live births reduced
Industrial pollution warning
(Oct 23, 2013) Following on the news in June last year confirming that pollution from burning diesel oil is carcinogenic, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced on Thursday last week that it has now classified outdoor air pollution as a Grou ...
Industrial pollution reaches a deadly level
Osteoporosis a threat
(Oct 29, 2013) One in four postmenopausal Taiwanese women has osteoporosis and about 960,000 women aged above 50 are at high risk for the condition, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said. A health survey conducted by the administration in 2009 found that the number of p ...
Osteoporosis a threat
Special lecture on Mayo Clinic
(Oct 18, 2013) The purpose of this presentation is to examine the achievements and developments of Mayo Clinic in the following three aspects – its past, present and future: Past To look back the proud history of Mayo Clinic for a better appreciation of the vision set by t ...
Special lecture by Joseph C. Hung on Mayo Clinic
Post-acute care program launched
(Oct 16, 2013) A pilot program of post-acute care enhancement for patients with cerebrovascular disease (CVD) or acute strokes will be launched next year, the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) said. A post-acute care program needs to be in place, said the administr ...
After-hospitalization care program launched
2014 Mind-Body Interface Intl Symposium
We are pleased to invite you to this great academic event, the 4th Mind-Body Interface International Symposium, held on Feb 21-22, 2014, in Taichung, Taiwan. The theme for this year is 'One Step Ahead: Prevention and Prediction in Mental Health'. Rese ...
2014 Mind-Body Interface Intl Symposium
Tests on NTU doctors catch cancer cases early
(Oct 12, 2013) National Taiwan University (NTU) Hospital recently used an advanced 256-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner to examine the health of its 300 attending physicians and department heads aged 45 or over, finding 12 of them to have lung cancer and two to have breast ...
Tests on NTU doctors catch cancer cases early
Docs, consumers bicker over NHI budget
(Oct 10, 2013) Doctors and consumer groups traded verbal blows recently as the National Health Insurance (NHI) program started calculating the budget for next year's (2014)payments. The association representing the nation's doctors accused the Consumer Foundation (CF ...
Docs, consumers bicker over NHI budget
Healthcare system reform needed
(Oct 8, 2013) The Taiwan Healthcare Reform Foundation yesterday called on the government to improve its policies on integrating the medical services for holistic healthcare, because the existing plans and pilot programs have been found to be widely inadequate. Elderly people now ...
‘Graying’ society requires healthcare system reform
Physical inactivity a cause of death
(Oct 3, 2013) The Health Promotion Administration has cautioned against not exercising, something that has been identified by the WHO as the fourth-leading risk factor for global mortality, after a government survey found that nearly 70 percent of Taiwanese over 13 years of age ...
Physical inactivity a leading cause of death
Medical tourism moves forward
(Oct 1, 2013)  China officially launched an experimental free-trade zone in Shanghai Sept. 29 after six months of planning. This creates considerable pressure on Taiwan, which is promoting a project to set up various free economic demonstration zones around the country. Alt ...
Move forward with free economic zone plan
Heart disease in Taiwan
(Sep 30, 2013) Heart disease has occupied the second spot in the nation’s leading causes of death for six consecutive years, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said, on the 14th World Heart Day yesterday. The disease was the cause of 17,121 deaths last year alone, or an av ...
Heart disease is the second cause of deaths
Medical Tourism Market
There are approximately 50 million uninsured Americans that are willing to travel abroad for affordable and quality medical care. Globalization and improved communication technology act as a catalyst to boost the growth of this industry. (Oct 3, 2013) The development of medical ...
Is Expected to Reach USD 32.5 Billion Globally in 2019
Poll finds public believes people overuse the NHI
(Sep 5, 2013) Eighty percent of respondents to a survey conducted by the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) said they or their families did not overuse healthcare services, but close to 70% said others did. The NHIA recently conducted an awareness survey on medical ...
People over use the NHI
Doctors’ work hours limit
(Sep 17, 2013) Capping physicians’ working hours at 84 per two weeks, as stipulated in the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) for all other professionals, would cause a manpower shortage in the healthcare sector, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) said in respo ...
Doctors’ work hours limit
Phase 1 of free economic demo zone launches
(Aug 9, 2013)  The Executive Yuan yesterday (Aug 8) launched the first phase of the free economic demonstration zone (FEDZ) program. Kuang Chung-ming (管中閔), minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), said that the CEPD expects phase ...
Foreigners to conduct medical examinations
Double-income parents risk raising heavy children
(July 19, 2013) A recent survey found the problem of overweight children is especially prevalent in families of double-income working parents because of poor eating habits. The Formosa Cancer Foundation, with the help of elementary-school nutritionists, conducted a nati ...
Always have sweetened beverages in the house
CEPD and DOH push medical center proposal
(July 12, 2013) Government officials say the nation needs to build an international medical center or risk losing competitiveness to Asian neighbors, but pundits warn that the plan, if approved by the government, could lead to a more expensive medical service for Taiwanese. ...
Provide medical tourism services inside
DOH might ban PCR analysis for pregnant women
(July 1, 2013) The Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday that it is considering prohibiting pregnant women from taking a DNA test that is normally used to detect genetic abnormalities, but which is used in some clinics to determine the gender of the unborn child. A ...
Pregnant women taking a DNA test
Symposium remembers landmark dialysis procedure
(June 9, 2013) Half a century after the first dialysis procedure was conducted in Taiwan an international symposium was held on June 9 to mark the event. Dialysis was first conducted in Taiwan in 1963 at National Taiwan University Hospital. Chronic kidney disease can ev ...
Healthcare spending on dialysis treatment
US concerned about WHO restrictions on Taiwan
(May 9, 2013) The US has renewed concerns over restrictions that the WHO imposes on Taiwan’s participation in the organization and reiterated its support for Taiwan’s inclusion as an observer at the WHO’s governing body, the World Health Assembly (WHA), an ...
Taiwan’s participation in the WHO
Free zone concept for medical tourism industry
(May 8, 2013)  Premier Jiang Yi-huah’s (江宜樺) recent comments about the “depressed” state of Taiwan’s economy and his hopes that a general mobilization for “transformation and innovation” will be able to break through this state ...
Development of international healthcare
Cancer on the rise, statistics show
(May 5, 2013) The Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Promotion in Taipei released the latest statistics on cancer, which showed that 90,649 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2010, which marks an increase of 3,460 from the previous year. Health officials en ...
Latest statistics on cancer