BY MAUREEN N. MARATITA
Journal Staff

Two doctors from Taiwan will be in Guam during the week of Oct. 14 to discuss specialties and options for Guam patients to receive care at the China Medical University Hospital in Taichung, Taiwan’s second biggest city, south of Taipei.

The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission International and its sister hospital is the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. According to an Oct. 8 release, the hospital accepts many international health insurances, to include Aetna, NetCare, SelectCare, StayWell and TakeCare. Guam patients made more than 300 visits to the hospital in 2018.

Dr. Chi-Kun Huang is the superintendent of the Body science and Metabolic disorders International at the hospital’s BMI Medical Center, which has several certifications and has performed more than 400 bariatric and diabetic procedures per year on international patients since its induction in 2016, according to an Oct. 8 release. Ten patients from Guam have received treatment at the BMI center.

Bariatric surgery aids in weight loss by either restricting the amount of food eaten or by shortening or bypassing part of the small intestine, which reduces the amount of nutrients or calories absorbed by the body. 

According to Journal files, at about $13,000 to $15,000, including a hospital stay of four to six days and post-operation visits, the procedure is becoming a more affordable option in Taiwan for Guam residents, compared to the Philippines.

With obesity prevalent in 30% to 35% of Guam’s population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bariatric medicine is a growing business.

Dr. Hsien-Te Chen is the director of the Spine Center at the hospital and attending physician at its Department of Orthopedics. Spine Center specialties include neuro-navigation surgeries in various spinal procedures. Two patients from Guam have received treatment at the Spine Center.

The doctors are due to speak at a press conference on Oct. 15 from 9.30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Guam, which Guam patients are also scheduled to attend. mbj