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Beijing to allow Taiwan doctors to practice in China

DOH urges medical professionals to consider offer carefully before joining the PRC market

Beijing to allow Taiwan doctors to practice in China

China announced an invitation to Taiwanese doctors, as well as some new economic incentives for Taiwan-based companies yesterday ahead of next month's presidential elections on the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own.
The Beijing government said yesterday that Taiwanese doctors can apply to practice medicine in China in the immediate future, as long as they meet certain qualifications. Applicants must have been licensed to practice medicine in Taiwan for at least five years, they must have up-to-date certified physician licenses, and they must currently be employed by Taiwan's medical care system.
The announcement immediately drew a cautious response from Taiwan's Department of Health, which urged Taiwanese doctors to think carefully and thoroughly before making the leap to the Chinese medical market.
Deputy Minister of the DOH Chen Tsai-chin noted that a great deal of China-bound Taiwanese businessmen are facing huge financial deficits due to the lack of an investment insurance accord between Taiwan and China.
"Taiwanese doctors who practice medicine in China will face the same problem as the businessmen in China do," said Chen, adding that China should engage in wide discussion with Taiwan and sign the investment accord with Taiwan as soon as possible.
Taiwanese doctors were given the green light to work in China last year, serve mostly the 1 million or so Taiwan businessmen and their families living on the mainland, but they were required to pass a test first.
China has also adopted a divide-and-rule tactic to win over hearts and minds by offering the people of Taiwan a series of economic sweeteners while refusing to deal with its independence-minded President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
The new favors include four new business zones with preferential policies which will be added to the four that already have been established for Taiwanese farmers to grow cash crops, flowers, fish or livestock, officials said at a news conference held by China's policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office.
China would also help Taiwan-invested factories in coastal areas to cope with rising costs and shrinking margins with loans and opportunities in the country's vast central and western areas, said Zhou Ruojun, an official with the Commerce Ministry.
The Taiwan Affairs Office has said that Beijing will not interfere with the island's presidential elections on March 22, for which the opposition Kuomintang's Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is a front-runner.


Updated : 2021-04-14 14:26 GMT+08:00