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Before You Go

Health Insurance

Some policies pay doctors or hospitals directly rather than you having to pay on the spot and claim later. If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation. You may be asked to call (reverse charges) a centre in your home country for an immediate assessment of your problem.

Recommended Vaccinations

  • A yellow-fever vaccination is required for all travellers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended.

In Taipei

Tap Water

Taipei's tap water is supposed to be drinkable, but few people seem to drink it. Boiling it first should do the trick or buy bottled water. A more environmental and practical solution is to carry your own flask. There are drinking-water dispensers in major tourist sites, museums, temples, some MRT stations, hospitals and banks.

Medical Services

Almost every hospital in Taipei has English speakers on staff. Even if you don't have local insurance, rates are still very cheap compared to the West. Once you've registered with a hospital, subsequent appointments can be made online. Many of the big hospitals have volunteer desks staffed by retirees, who can help you fill out forms and locate where you have to go. You can generally get to see a doctor on the same day.

There are also many clinics with family doctors around the city, although they might not be able to speak much English. Ask at your hotel or hostel to help you locate one nearby.

Taiwan Adventist Hospital Long-time favourite for expatriates in the city.

Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital One of Taipei's top hospitals, although often crowded.

Cathay General Hospital Well-regarded and efficient medical complex on leafy Ren'ai Rd.

Taipei Medical University Hospital Has the easiest website to book an appointment.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is highly regarded in Taiwan and most large hospitals will have a TCM department that you can visit (Taipei Medical University Hospital, for example). There are also many clinics around the city that offer acupuncture and herbal remedies.