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Kinmen Hospital’s Development of Reproductive Medicine Makes the Dreams of 80 Families across the Taiwan Strait Come True

Kinmen Hospital’s Development of Reproductive Medicine Makes the Dreams of 80 Families across the Taiwan Strait Come True
Reporter: Yang Shui-Yung / Kinmen County Government

Following developments in cross-Strait tourism, infertile couples from China can now travel to Kinmen for a vacation, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and even receive reproduction medical services in Kinmen. According to data of Kinmen County Health Bureau, the number patients from Xiamen is higher than local patients, with success rates between 30% and 40%, fulfilling the dreams of 80 families. The first baby that received subsidies for assisted reproduction will be born at the end of this year. This is the first step of Kinmen Hospital in developing cross-Strait medical care, and next year it will develop a five-star health exam center to attract Chinese personages and Taiwanese businessmen to receive health exams at Kinmen Hospital!
Kinmen County Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai accompanied Premier Lin Chuan at the end of last month on an inspection of Kinmen’s medical development. Magistrate Chen said that joint operation of Kinmen Hospital by three parties is a goal, and stressed the importance of Kinmen’s geographic location to cross-Strait relations. Hence, building a brand of medical care is very important, and all residents long for “Kinmen Branch of Taipei Veterans General Hospital” to be established in Kinmen, which is not only a brand in Taiwan and Kinmen, but also across the Taiwan Strait.
Magistrate Chen stressed that Kinmen is investing resources in important medical facilities to build an international brand of medical care, including “International Medical Island in Kinmen,” and said that we are confident in completing this development with support from policies! As to current medical issues, the county government will improve medical care with the support of the county council, and he asked Premier Lin Chuan to set a direction for the development of Kinmen’s medical care!
The Reproductive Medical Center of Kinmen Hospital was established last December in cooperation with Taiwan Adventist Hospital in Taipei City and Anbao Reproductive Medical Center in Xiamen, accepting infertile patients from across the Taiwan Strait starting in January this year. The center provides assisted reproduction, artificial fertilization, and embryo implantation. Kinmen County Health Bureau indicated that one out of every seven couples in Taiwan have fertility issues. Even though they can use assisted reproduction technology to help them conceive, the cost is very expensive and requires a long treatment period, which is a heavy burden to infertile couples both financially and mentally.
Furthermore, Director-General Chen Tien-Shun of the Health Bureau pointed out that modern day people are getting married at a later age following the nation’s development, economic development, popularization of education, high levels of education, and changes in values, and this has led to births also being postponed, causing an increase in fertility issues due to lower quantity and quality of egg and sperm.
Therefore, Kinmen Hospital’s equipment and specialized manpower is currently being developed towards “reproductive medicine,” actively increasing operating rooms, laboratories, and necessary equipment. Anbao Hospital, which is an investment by Taiwanese businessmen in Xiamen, is providing precision instruments and equipment of reproductive medicine free of charge, meaning that Kinmen Hospital provides the space, while Taipei Veterans General Hospital and Taiwan Adventist Hospital provide specialized talent. Kinmen County Government, Kinmen Hospital, and Xiamen’s Anbao Hospital collaborate in using the mature reproductive medicine of Taiwan for treatment in Kinmen Hospital, importing reproductive technologies and equipment to save residents from the need to travel around. The service can also be expanded to Xiamen in coordination with China’s two children policy under the Ministry of the Interior’s population policy and Ministry of Health and Welfare’s international medical care policy.
According to the administrative results report of Kinmen County Health Bureau on social media, concrete results are as follows:
1. Kinmen County enacted the Regulations on Subsidies for Assisted Reproduction to lift the financial burden on infertile couples. Infertile couples at least 20 years of age who have registered their permanent residence in Kinmen County for at least three years are eligible for a maximum subsidy of NT$80,000 a year for receiving assisted reproduction at a reproductive medical institute approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2. Last year (2015), 163 people were subsidized and 47 became pregnant. Up to the end of July this year (2016), 84 people were subsidized and 33 became pregnant. The dreams of 80 families have already been fulfilled.
3. To provide infertile couples with accessible medical services, Kinmen County Government subsidized Kinmen Hospital over NT$10 million to build a reproductive medical center. During the past six months, 48 infertile couples visited the center, of which 18 couples were from Kinmen County and 30 couples came from Xiamen to receive assisted reproduction treatment in Kinmen Hospital.
Director-General Chen pointed out that the goal of the assisted reproduction technology project is to coordinate with Kinmen County Government’s assisted reproduction subsidy project and the central government’s efforts to promote international medical care, and use reproductive medical equipment and technologies so that Kinmen couples will no longer need to travel around for treatment, and will be able to rest at home and raise their children in Kinmen. It will also provide reproductive medical services for couples across the Taiwan Strait, and will drive local tourism and consumption.
Kinmen County’s subsidies for assisted reproduction are listed below, and the Health Bureau tours through townships to promote health education:
1. Subsidy qualifications: Infertile couples both at least 20 years of age and any spouse registered his/her permanent residence in Kinmen for at least three years; the couple has legal marital relations during the treatment period, and receives assisted reproduction at an institution approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2. Subsidy amount: Each couple may receive a maximum subsidy of NT$80,000 a year. If the actual expense is less than NT$80,000, then the actual amount will be subsidized.
3. The following documents are required for subsidy applications: (1) Assisted Reproduction Subsidy Application Form; (2) Original certificate of diagnosis (specifies the assisted reproduction treatment method, beginning and end of treatment, date medication was administered, date egg (sperm) was extracted, date of implant, pregnancy test date, and test results); (3) All original invoices of medical expenses during the treatment period. For those that purchased medications with a prescription , please attach a copy of the prescription on the certificate of diagnosis, and attach the original invoice from the pharmacy specifying the buyer, list of medications, quantity, forms, and amount; (4) Copy of the cover of either spouse’s deposit book; (5) Copy of household register.
4. Applications for assisted reproduction subsidies will only be accepted after the entire treatment is completed and pregnancy test results come out. Application must be submitted to Kinmen County Health Bureau within six months after the first appointment. Late applications will not be subsidized. Applications for subsidies for each year must be submitted before December 31st. Consultation hotline: 082-330697 ext.715.
Kinmen County Health Bureau indicated that expected benefits for developing cross-Strait reproductive medicine are as follows: 1. Kinmen can develop specialty fields of medical care using its unique geographic location, and develop innovative medical services different from hospitals under the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The goal for the first stage of reproductive medicine is to serve 500 infertile couples. 2. In response to the increase age of pregnant mothers and improve accessibility of medical services, this will reduce transportation expenses and related social cost, and will increase the willingness of people across the Taiwan Strait to have children; China announcing a two children policy will also benefit Kinmen’s development of cross-Strait reproductive medicine. 3. Strengthen the value chain of Kinmen’s health and medical care industry; Kinmen can use the medical service industry to link together the tourism industry and transportation services, and provide high-end health and reproductive medicine health exams combined with travel packages, which will drive growth of the local tourism industry and consumption.

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  • Date:2016-12-08