Taiwan and Cosmetic Surgery Tourism.

An original Asian Tiger country, Taiwan has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 50 years to become a fully modernized, industrialized nation and a top player in the global economy. Where is Taiwan Map Situated on the southeast of the Asian continent, Taiwan is in the center of the East-Asian island arc, bordering Japan to the north and the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Vietnam to the south. This central location makes Taiwan a well-traveled regional hub (not to mention a increasingly popular cosmetic surgery tourism destination), linking the Pacific Ocean, East China Sea, and South China Sea.

Rugged mountains cover two thirds of the island and the coast is dotted with jaw dropping cliffs and sun drenched beaches. While going through its fast paced development Taiwan was also able to preserve its distinctive historical and cultural traditions. Taiwan’s beautiful and wild mountainous region on the east side of the island provides an array of modern, state of the art cosmetic surgery procedures, accommodations, vacation attractions and an abundance of sightseeing opportunities that all aid in a post cosmetic surgery procedure recovery.

Listed as “One of the top 10 best countries to visit in 2012” by travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet, Taiwan is a top tourism destination offering a rich culture, beautiful natural landscapes, robust economy, and established tourism (and medical) infrastructure.

City View Night TaipeiIn 2012, Taiwan welcomed more than six million tourists, including nearly two million visitors from Mainland China. Western culture and art thrive here—from baseball to billiards and karaoke. It is the country of Taiwanese film director Ang Lee who has directed hits such as The Life of Pi and produced the Oscar winners Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain.

Taiwan’s principal cities are modern, friendly, and safe, with convenient transportation connecting the island’s major industrial and population centers the island has never been more easy to explore for those recovering from a cosmetic surgery procedure or their loved ones.

Taiwan Healthcare and Cosmetic Surgery Tourism

Taiwan applies some of the world’s highest healthcare standards, So much so that Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman has praised Taiwan’s healthcare and national health insurance as among the best in the world. As such, it is not plagued by problems that can affect patients who travel to less developed medical travel destinations, such as poor sanitation, crime, political instability, poor transportation systems, labor unrest, and abject poverty.

As a result of significant investment by both the government and private hospitals/cosmetic surgery clinics the medical equipment used in Taiwan’s hospitals is state-of-the art, facilities are modern, and surgeons, physicians, and medical technicians are highly trained and qualified. Taiwan is also one of only a few countries in the world that has a national healthcare accreditation scheme. All hospitals in Taiwan are surveyed for reaccreditation every three years, and the system has played a major role in the effort to promote quality healthcare in Taiwan. To show that their standards are on par with those of North American hospitals, many hospitals in Taiwan have been surveyed by Joint Commission International, and have received JCI accreditation.

While cosmetic surgery travelers from nearby China and Japan are major markets, centralized efforts have long been aimed at westernizing Taiwan’s health centers and promoting cosmetic surgery (and other medical) tourism from the US, UK, Australia and other English-speaking nations.

Taiwan Hospital RoomVisiting patients receive high quality cosmetic surgery and aftercare, comparable with Western countries while enjoying much shorter travel times and more reasonable cosmetic surgery prices.

Still, for the English-speaking patient, language and cultural barriers make the medical travel journey more challenging than counterparts in Southeast Asia. When English can be found, customer service is excellent, and even better than home. One example often cited online for cosmetic surgery tourism in Taiwan is Chang Bing Show Chwan Health Care Center Park, which boasts a modern art gallery, a children’s museum, and a 200-seat movie theater for patients.

Taiwan’s cosmetic surgery specialties not only cater to Asian plastic surgery trends but also many procedures popular with western cosmetic surgery tourists such as weight-loss surgery, body contouring and body lift cosmetic procedures along with face lift, facial balance, eye and ear cosmetic surgeries.

Taiwan provides world-class Cosmetic Surgery at a fraction of the cost of countries like the United States. Depending on the procedure, American patients can expect savings of up to 50 – 60% (On a par with Thailand and Mexico) on their healthcare costs by electing to be treated in Taiwan. How is this possible? After years of careful planning, the local government rolled out a single-payer national Health Insurance system that now covers almost the entire population and to which everyone contributes. This system has driven down the cost of healthcare across the country, and now has the lowest administrative cost in the world (2%). Taiwan manages to provide its population one of the world’s most comprehensive and convenient healthcare systems, while spending roughly 6% of gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare. By comparison, healthcare spending in the US accounts for nearly 16% of GDP.

Explore Our In-depth Listings of  Taiwan’s Cosmetic Surgery Hospitals & Clinics:

Min-Sheng General Hospital