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PROCEDURES IN WHICH TAIWAN EXCELS

• Cardiovascular Surgery 

Taiwan's cardiac surgeons  are exceptionally adept at performing cardiovascular surgeries and heart transplantations. More than 5,000 cardiac diagnostic and treatment procedures are done each year. The success rate of coronary artery stent implantation is exceptionally high at 99%.

• Craniofacial Reconstruction

In 1978, Taiwan established the first craniofacial center in Asia. To date, Taiwan's doctors have performed more than 3,000 cleft lip and palate operations with a 100% success rate. Hospitals in Taiwan are world renowned for treating craniofacial problems such as orofacial clefts, aesthetic maxillofacial conditions and difficult craniofacial deformities.

• Joint Replacements 

Hospitals in Taiwan perform approximately 20,000 joint replacement procedures a year. The standard at hospitals in Taiwan is the same as in the US. Taiwanese orthopedic surgeons use minimally invasive surgery, computer-aided navigation and rotation osteotomy to significantly reduce tissue damage and to shorten the postoperative recovery time.

• Liver Transplants

In 1997, medical staff in Taiwan completed the first split liver transplantation in Asia and the first living donor liver transplant without blood transfusion in the world. Several hospitals in Taiwan are exceptionally skilled at performing liver transplantation. People from all over the world come to Taiwan because the cost is approximately $43,000 to $64,000 USD as compared to approximately $88,000 in the US. Also, the waiting time in Taiwan for this procedure is much shorter than in the US and other parts of the world. 

• Artificial Reproduction

Gynecologists in Taiwan provide many reproductive procedures including artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization, cryopreservation, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, tubal embryo transfer, preimplantation, genetic diagnosis and infertility counseling. Taiwan has a relatively high success rate of pregnancies. Taiwan has also done pioneering work in the development of human immature oocyte cryopreservation technologies.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In 1955, the Department of Health set up a committee on Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy to promote the modernization and internationalization of these ancient health theories and treatments including acupuncture, herbal medicine and exercise therapies such as qigong and massage.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is practiced in independent Chinese medicine clinics as well as in hospitals throughout Taiwan.

The following hospitals and clinics offer Chinese Medicine consultations in English:

Department of Traditional Medicine, Taipei Medical University Hospital
252, Wuxing St., Taipei City

02 5552 2850

www.tmch.org.tw

Chinese Medicine Center, Taipei City Hospital
100, Kunming St. Taipei City

02 2388 7088

www.temp.tpech.gov.tw

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan Branch
123, Dinghu Rd., Jiulu Village, Guishan Township, Taoyuan County

886 3 319 6200

www2.cgmh.org.tw/eng2002/index.asp

Department of Chinese Medicine, China Medical Un iversity Hospital
2, Yude Rd. Taichung

886 4 2205 2121

www.cmuh.org.tw

Department of Chinese Medicine, Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital
66, Sec. 1, Fengxing Rd., Tanzi Township, Taichung County

886 4 3606 0666

www.tzuchi.com.tw

Kaohsiung Municipal Chinese Medical Hospital
6, Fucheng St., Kaohsiung City

886 7 761 3186

www.kmcmh.gov.tw

Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital
100, Ziyou 1st Rd., Kaohsiung City

886 7 312 1101  ext. 6410

www.kmuh.org.tw/english/


PROCEDURE COSTS IN TAIWAN

(approximate costs in USD based on 2010 prices)
 
1. Angioplasty - $6,800 
2. Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery - $27,500
3. Bypass Surgery with Heart Valve Replacement - $30,000
4. Hip Replacement - $9,000
5. Knee Replacement - $10,000
6. Hysterectomy - $2,250
7. Face Lift - $1,000
8. Dental Fillings - $30
9. Extractions - $50
10. Gastric Bypass - $10,000
11. Living Donor Liver Transplant - $90,000
12. Physical Check-up - $450