In 2011, Jack began researching medical treatment options to address unbearable pain in his knees. His doctors in the US advised total knee replacement surgery, which ranged from CNY 63,000 ($US10,000) to CNY 94,000 ($US15,000) at hospitals near his California, US home.
As a 68 year old retiree, the high cost made surgery unaffordable. Jack looked for options outside the US and found Taipei Medical University Wan Fang Hospital, a JCI-accredited teaching hospital affiliated with Taipei Medical University.
Through numerous email exchanges, he came to appreciate Taipei Medical’s high quality standards as well as the opportunity to save more than 50 percent on the cost of the procedure. Jack decided to undergo surgery in Taiwan.
Taipei Medical’s staff arranged accommodations, airport pick up, and an interpreter to accompany Jack at all times, to address any cultural or language differences. The knee surgery was a success and, after Jack felt well enough to walk, some of the hospital staff took him to visit a few of Taipei’s noted sightseeing destinations.
I am grateful to all the staff at Taipei Medical," said Jack. "The surgery changed my life." His renewed mobility allows him to spend more time with family and friends.
Last updated on 6 December 2015
Before Leaving the Hospital: Get All the Paperwork
Impatient to be gone, and often suffering the woozy side effects of surgery and post-operative pharmaceuticals, patients too often find themselves back at home later, missing important documents that could have more easily been obtained on site. So before you hightail it out of your hospital or clinic, be sure that you have all of your important documents.
Generally, larger hospitals provide complete medical documentation as part of the standard exit procedure. However, some smaller clinics may rely more on verbal instructions, and they are less likely to build and maintain a dossier on your case.