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World medical tourism congress ends on high note in Taipei
Central News Agency
2014-06-28 09:43 AM
Taipei, June 28 (CNA) The Asia segment of the World Medical Tourism Congress ended Friday in Taipei after discussing a variety of health care issues and showcasing Taiwan's development in medical services. The two-day congress attracted nearly 900 participants from around the world, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), which co-organized the event with the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the U.S.-based Medical Tourism Association. A total of 30 speakers from Taiwan and overseas shared their insight on medical tourism management, certification, dispute settlement and information technology collaboration, TAITRA said in a statement. During the event, TAITRA and the Taipei City government also organized over 200 one-on-one purchasing meetings between local companies and international buyers from 16 countries, generating US$20 million in business, the statement said. The Medical Tourism Association said it "has achieved its short-term goal" at the Taipei event, while the Health Ministry was quoted as saying that the event "marked a milestone in Taiwan's medical tourism, strengthening our position as a top medical tourism destination." In 2013, Taiwan hosted more than 200,000 foreign nationals who came for medical checkups or other treatments. The country's medical tourism industry is expected to generate NT$13 billion (US$434 million) in revenues this year. (By James Lee)
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