Monday, April 20, 2009

Who can train better doctors, Taiwan or Poland?

A doctor's job is to save lives. As long as he holds a certificate issued by the government after having passed a qualification test and devotes himself wholeheartedly into his profession, does it matter where he gets his medical degree? Well, to some in Taiwan, it seems that 'the origin of product' is of great importance.

As admission to the local medical colleges is considered toughest task for senior high school students, those who fail but still intend to study medicine choose to go to medical schools in Poland or China instead to acquire their medical degrees. When they complete their study and return to Taiwan, they need to take qualification exam held by the government to get their license to practice medicine here.

The government health authority is now facing strong opposition from many locally trained doctors who, for obvious reasons, are against opening of channels for others to be physicians. They alleged that education of medicine of Eastern European countries and Mainland China could not meet first rate global standard.

Well, from my point of view, I consider their opposition is based on two pathetic reasons. The first one is that they fear that doctors holding foreign medical degrees might compete with them, and they might lose their advantage of profit-gaining in medical profession. In short, they are protecting their job security. And the other reason is nothing but pure sectionalism, a very narrow-minded localism. What made them think that medical colleges in Taiwan train 'better' doctors than their Polish or Chinese counterparts?

If I am sick, I would prefer to be treated by qualified and responsible doctors with patience and care for my well-being. It does not matter to me at all from where my good doctors received their medical degrees, be it Taiwan, Latvia or Paraguay.

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