INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL SERVICE – TAIPEI
May 25, 2017 § Leave a comment
Surgery and other treatments including acupuncture is available and is affordable. Most patients are from international embassies. An untapped opportunity exists for Australian travelers seeking world-standards providing extra care.
Americans, Canadians, British, French, German and Australians are VIP’s. In fact all foreigners are VIP’s. Many are from the embassies (aka trade offices) in Taipei.
The International Medical Service provides an English-speaking nurse-guide. At my request, ‘Sharon’ showed us the traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic in a nearby building.
“The Veterans Memorial Hospital has 3000 patients daily and more than 30 operating theatres” said my guide Sharon, “it is always busy”. With my appointed English-speaking guide, locating the various departments within the 19 floor building, was easy.
Choosing surgery in a foreign land where there is little English spoken is an adventure to be explained in my book “Foreigners are VIP’s in Taiwan”.
Worth noting, all three surgeons I met spoke fluent English. Choosing to come to Taipei from Australia for medical help was a good decision. I have a feeling that Taiwanese are more professional due to their different lifestyle. Nursing care had to be different too, I thought, as elderly people are treated with a respect that is no longer common in Australia and western countries.
“This hospital is known for treating many Taiwanese over the age of eighty”, said Sharon.
Meanwhile I’m contemplating eye surgery in Taipei at this hospital, even although such treatment would be free for me in Australia.