Palau, Taiwan Hospital To Collaborate, Begin Medical Referrals

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Taiwan Adventist Hospital offers high-quality, affordable care

By Jose Rodriguez T. Senase

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Nov. 9, 2015) – The Taiwan Adventist Hospital (TAH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Palau Ministry of Health (MOH) on health collaboration and medical referral program.

The agreement was signed at the MOH conference room yesterday. Minister of Health Greg Ngirmang signed on behalf of the MOH, while TAH President Hui-Ting Huang signed on behalf of the hospital.

Huang led an 11-mmeber group that came to Palau for the occasion.

Among those who witnessed the ceremony were Minister of State Billy Kuartei and Republic of China (ROC) Ambassador to Palau Harry Ho-Jen Tseng.

In an interview, Huang said the phase one of the collaboration is the medical referral program.

"Medical needs of people from Palau that could not be done here could be addressed by our hospital in Taiwan," he stressed.

He said TAH offers very convenient and affordable health care. "We offer a new option that offers more affordable medical service," Huang said.

He said the next phase of the collaboration will involve the bringing of medical professionals like doctors and nurses who will provide medical services to the people here.

"We wanted to start volunteer medical service to help the people in Palau," Huang stressed.

For his part, Minister Ngirmang said he is very excited with the new development.

"We have another hospital as an option for referral patients," he said.

According to the Health Minister, his impression of the TAH was reinforced by his visit there in November 2013.

"I was very impressed with their facilities," he said.

Ngirmang said that TAH will not compete with the existing referral agreement between the MOH and the Shin Kong Hospital in Taiwan.

"There is no competition here. The two hospitals will complement each other in helping Palau," he stressed.

Established in 1955, TAH has long been known for its high-quality and world class healthcare service.

The hospital is one of the over 600 healthcare and medical institutions owned and operated by the Seventh - day Adventist (SDA) Church as part of a worldwide mission system.

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