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Taiwan is leading in the world in various fields including liver transplantation, heart surgery, craniofacial reconstruction, joint replacement and artificial insemination, said Wu Ming-yen, secretary-general of the Taiwan Task Force for Medical Travel.

The global medical-tourism business is estimated to be worth 40 billion U.S. dollars in 2010 alone.

With Taiwan’s world-renowned health insurance system and abundant hospitals, all equipped with modern sophisticated facilities and well-trained personnel, and most importantly the highly competitive prices, Taiwan definitely has a chance to try its hand in the global medical-tourism business.

Coronary bypass surgery, for instance, in Taiwan costs around 16,000 Taiwan dollars. The price tag of the same surgery in Singapore is around 19,000 Taiwan dollars, and it is even more expensive in South Korea and the U.S. with the prices set around 32,000 Taiwan dollars and 70,000 Taiwan dollars respectively, according to Shih Chung-liang, director of Medical Affairs at the Department of Health.

source: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan-business/2010/12/30/285691/Taiwans-medical.htm