Healthcare in Taipei

Medicines, Hospitals in Taipei

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In general, hospital visits and medicine in Taiwan tends to be far less expensive than in the west. From minor to major ailments and injuries, medical facilities in Taiwan can help.


Health facilities in Taiwan are adequate for routine and emergency medical treatment. State-of-the-art medical equipment is available at many clinics and hospitals.


Medicines for most ailments can be found at the drug store, even those that may require a prescription elsewhere (like asthma inhalers and birth control pills). however, opiates and pain killers are still by prescription. Medicine is usually must less expensive then in the West.

There are many small pharmacies throughout Taipei. A large pharmacy commonly referred to is the Shanghai Pharmacy (Hengyang Rd., No. 32). Joy Pharmacy (02-2657-2562; No. 37, Alley 50, Lane 737, Section 1, NèiHú Road, Neihu District) and Leader Pharmacy (02-2834-7733; No. 678, Section 5, ZhongShan North Road, Shihlin District) are two other options.

Update 10/12/2010


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Shanghai Pharmacy not so good
This "Shanghai" pharmacy is not very professional.
Needing some medicine at night, I called one evening to confirm when they closed and took a taxi all the way from Tienmu and found they had closed shop even though I got there 7 min before their closing time. I called them from outside but they refused to open up. They couldn’t have cared less. It was really quite despicable behavior.
There are lots and lots of good pharmacies in Taipei, no need to give them business.

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