Patients Beyond Borders® Announces Taiwan Simplified Chinese Edition

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Newest translated edition targets health and wellness travelers from mainland China.

Taiwan offers some of the best healthcare in Asia.

The Taiwan Task Force for Medical Travel (TTFMT) and Patients Beyond Borders jointly announce the launch of Patients Beyond Borders: Taiwan Edition, Simplified Chinese Translation for international distribution in January 2013.

Supported by the Taiwan government, hospitals, and related private organizations, the guidebook, originally published in 2009, will be fully updated and translated into Simplified Chinese, and will offer an in-depth overview of Taiwan's leading international hospitals, medical specialties and procedures, selected health travel agents, nearby recovery and guest accommodations, and area travel information.

Healthcare consumers, particularly those from neighboring China in search of quality and value, will find Taiwan’s prices for medical procedures to be on par with other leading international healthcare destinations such as Thailand, South Korea, and Singapore. Taiwan currently boasts 14 facilities with clinical accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), which provides additional comfort to the international medical traveler seeking the highest level of care.

“Taiwan offers some of the best healthcare in Asia,” says Patients Beyond Borders CEO Josef Woodman. “With a long and respected history of quality healthcare, exceptional facilities, and affordable prices, Taiwan continues to be a premiere choice among Chinese patients seeking top-quality healthcare and wellness services in the region.”

Recent initiatives by the Taiwanese government to simplify and expedite the medical visa process for Chinese patients, coupled with an increase in direct flights from China to Taiwan, have attracted significant numbers of visitors from China. Further fueling the 20%+ growth, a new government policy implemented earlier this year allows hospitals to apply for visas for groups of up to 30 mainland Chinese citizens seeking medical treatment, health screenings, and cosmetic procedures.

“The release of Patients Beyond Borders: Taiwan Edition, Simplified Chinese Translation, will now allow Chinese-speaking patients everywhere even greater access to one of the world's most comprehensive healthcare systems,” says Dr. Mingyen Wu, CEO of TTFMT and Secretary-General, Taiwan Nongovernmental Hospitals and Clinics Association. “We are pleased to be working with Patients Beyond Borders on this project.”

Patients Beyond Borders: Taiwan Edition, Simplified Chinese Translation will be available through a variety of sources including Alibaba, Amazon China, Baidu (Chinese-language search engine), Dangdang (digital book distributor), Renren, and libraries (Digital Library of China) as well as the Patients Beyond Borders and TTMFT websites.

About the Taiwan Task Force for Medical Travel
Launched in October of 2007, the Taiwan Task Force for Medical Travel (TTFMT) was created as a platform to promote Taiwan-inbound medical travel, integrate resources and streamline cooperation across leading governmental organizations, the Department of Health (DOH), and related industries and medical institutions. TTFMT is administered by the Taiwan Nongovernmental Hospitals and Clinics Association and supported by the DOH, Council for Economic Planning and Development, the Tourism Bureau, Government Information Office, Taiwan External Trade Development Council, and the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research. Its vision is to position Taiwan as a global leader of five-star medical travel destinations. For more information, visit http://medicaltravel.org.tw.

For media queries, please contact:
Yu-Jen Serena Lin
行政院衛生署國際醫療管理工作小組
Taiwan Task Force for Medical Travel, sponsored by DOH
專員
Administrator
Tel: 886.2.2885.1528 ext 20
Web: http://medicaltravel.org.tw
Email: nhca06 (at) gmail (dot) com

About Patients Beyond Borders
Patients Beyond Borders, based in Chapel Hill, NC, publishes books, eBooks, online and mobile applications for healthcare consumers seeking the best global options in medical care. Its flagship international title, Patients Beyond Borders, soon to be published in its Third Edition, is the world’s leading consumer reference guide for medical tourism. Country Editions, City Editions, and Facility Editions help healthcare consumers make informed choices in searching, vetting, and obtaining safe, high-quality, affordable healthcare around the world.

For more information or media queries, please contact:
Judy Orchard, communications manager
Tel: +1 919.924.0636
Email: jorchard (at) patientsbeyondborders (dot) com
Web: patientsbeyondborders.com

Note: Qualified members of the media are invited to request a review copy of Patients Beyond Borders: Taiwan Edition, Simplified Chinese Translation or any other title from our library. Please contact jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com.

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