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Medical & Health New Southbound Policy

  • Publication Date︰2019-07-26
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Medical & Health Industry Networking Meeting on New Southbound Policy, held on Mar. 19,2019

  • Foreword

  Taiwan's well-developed medical system and public health networks rank with the best, and our National Health Insurance is especially well-known worldwide. With steady upgrading of the quality and competitiveness of the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, Taiwan is integrating its leading-edge information technology capacities with innovative medical management to establish a smart health environment.

  As rapid economic growth vastly expands markets in South and Southeast Asian countries, Taiwan has sought to develop and strengthen bilateral cooperation and interaction in this region. Under the New Southbound Policy, Taiwan's medical and health-related industries have expanded their cooperation opportunities with these countries, seeking win-win outcomes and building greater regional prosperity.

  Medical & Health New Southbound Policy includes 4 areas of cooperation, namely capacity building, supply chain, market connectivity, and epidemic control with NSP partners. Since 2018, main platforms to deliver the projects include “One Country, One Center” (1C1C) and “New Southbound Policy Project Office”.

  The objectives of Medical & Health New Southbound Policy are:

  • Changing Taiwan: To change the interaction between hospitals and medical industries in Taiwan to create a robust partnership.
  • Building Image: Strength the branding of “Medical Taiwan” via public-private-partnership.
  • Deepening Understanding: Reinforce the mutual understanding between Taiwan and NSP partners.
  • Connecting Market: Help the industries make connection with key sales channels in NSP countries.
  • Understanding the local regulations: Assist the industries to understand medical regulations in NSP countries.

  • Implementation by 1C1C

  To achieve this objective, the One Country, One Center (1C1C) project was launched in June 2018 with India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam; in 2019, adding Myanmar as primary partners.

  Under this project, medical centers coordinate with seven priority countries as focal point, to deepen medical cooperation. Cooperation is focused on:

a) expanding professional training programs;
b) building medical industry collaborations;
c) providing health consultation services for Taiwanese working and doing business in partner countries;
d) building a multicultural friendly health environment;
e) reviewing regulations and undertaking market surveys; and
f) integrating information.

  In 2018, the first six medical centers trained 336 medical professionals from South and Southeast Asian countries and introduced 69 enterprises to the target region. The Ministry's Health & Welfare New Southbound Policy Project Office (NSPO) works closely with industry on relevant policies.

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  • Affordable, High Quality Healthcare

  Taiwan is competitive in health-related fields because it offers high quality at reasonable prices. Particular medical specialties Taiwan is known for include craniofacial surgery, living-donor liver transplantation, joint replacement and spinal surgeries, cardiac diagnosis and treatment, reconstructive microsurgeries, artificial reproduction, treatment of congenital malformations, aesthetic medicine, dental implants and comprehensive health examinations. Recent years have seen steady growth in patients visiting from South and Southeast Asia; a cumulative total of 157,000 such patients had used Taiwan's medical services in 2018.

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  • Regional Cooperation in Regulatory Regime

  In terms of cooperation in the fields of medical devices and pharmacy, three Taiwan laboratories have been certified by Indonesian authorities after being recommended by MOHW. This certification allows food products to be exported to Indonesia while tests and inspections are performed in Taiwan. This can reduce duplicate tests and inspections while also facilitating bilateral trade by lowering the costs and delays involved in entering regional markets.

  Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration and Malaysia's National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency concluded an agreement allowing qualified stakeholders applying through the FDA to use English letters of approval for reference. This expedites export clearance to Malaysia if relevant supporting documents prove that both Level Two Quality Control and Food Expansion Verification Program requirements are met. This agreement has helped to improve market access for Taiwan health supplements firms.

  The MOHW publishes guidelines on registering traditional herbal medicines in Malaysia and Singapore to help Taiwan products enter those markets. The MOHW's oral health services events in Malaysia showcased Taiwan dental products and equipment such as artificial tooth roots, dental laser systems, and dental collagen products.

  • Epidemic Control Networks

  To strengthen regional epidemic prevention capacities, the United States and Taiwan co-organized an International Workshop on Laboratory Diagnosis for Enterovirus under the U.S.-Taiwan Global Cooperation Training Framework. Participants included 31 experts from 15 countries, of which 11 were New Southbound Policy partner countries. In 2018 and 2019, the Center for Epidemic Disease Prevention and Technology Transfer opened to help these regions protect citizens' health and improve quarantine procedures. This center collaborated with Vietnam and Indonesia to organize international workshops on tuberculosis and dengue prevention. The epidemic prevention team also works with local public health staff in partner countries.

  The MOHW will continue to facilitate health-related programs under the New Southbound Policy, and will extend the One Country, One Center project to two-year programs. These policies strengthen and integrate business contributions to Taiwan's medical and health systems to create opportunities and jointly improve public health.