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Medical Tourism Association set to release guidebook

TAIPEI--The U.S.-based Medical Tourism Association said Monday it will release a guidebook on Taiwan's health and wellness destinations at the World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress Taiwan in June.

Seeing great potential in Taiwan, the association will release the Taiwan Health and Wellness Destination Guide in both English and Mandarin and in both print and digital versions, association president Renee-Marie Stephano told CNA during a break in a press conference in Taipei.

The association has released similar guides for Jordan and for cities in the U.S., such as Las Vegas and Miami, but the Taiwan guide will be the first on a destination in Asia, she said.

The guidebooks are "designed to walk the patients through the decision-making process," providing information about how to choose a medical facility and what treatment you can get there, Stephano said.

At the press conference, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council announced it will host the regional event in Taipei June 26-27. It will be the first time the Congress is being held in Taiwan.

Seeing "a tremendous shift in the expanding Asian health care sector," Stephano said she anticipates the regional event in Asia will be held much more frequently, perhaps even once a year.

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