I’ve been in Taipei for a month now and I’ve been battling a pretty hardcore period of insomnia (as in, I’ve only had five or six nights of quality and sufficient sleep until now). This is, of course, taking a toll on my mental and physical health and on my study performance. I’d like to know if there are any English-speaking doctors I could visit to discuss my issues and maybe get a prescription for sleeping pills and/or a sleep exam appointment. Since I’m a foreigner without a permanent visa (I’ll be here for two more months only), I don’t have national health insurance, so if possible I’d also like to know how to go about medical bills (should I pay the doctor directly? If so, how much would an appointment cost?). Thanks.
Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Hospital in Shilin diagnosed my apnea. skh.org.tw/
They have a full-on sleep center where you can spend the night and they’ll complete a thorough analysis hooked up to machines and with cameras watching you all night. It’s like a luxury hotel inside the center. One of the doctors graduated from the sleep medical school of Stanford.
Cool. I had no idea a facility like that existed here.
Here’s a more direct link to their sleep centre (I had trouble finding it from the link above, and instead had to use Google):
skh.org.tw/PMM/Content.aspx? … pe=E&lng=2
They give you Benzos like candy here so thats not hard to get from any clinic. Trazadom also helps. I get Trazadom and benzos for nights where I just can’t sleep.
You might want to give this a try first. It’s worked for me.
As for sleep centers, Taipei Medical University Hospital also has one.
Many insomnia patients came to Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors for help, we would help them to figure out the source of their problem and treated accordingly with herbal medicine and/or acupuncture. If they need transfer, we would transfer them to doctors of other department in our hospital, free of charge.
If you pay out of pocket, it’s usually $1,000-2,000 NTD, according to the exam and medicine you get. Some examination might cost a lot more. You pay at the registration counter in the hospital after seeing the doctor, then you could go get your medication.
If you don’t know how or where to get medical services, you could come to see me or PM me, I’d be glad to give you some advice. Consultation charge is free if you don’t need TCM treatment.
[quote=“tango42”]Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Hospital in Shilin diagnosed my apnea. skh.org.tw/
They have a full-on sleep center where you can spend the night and they’ll complete a thorough analysis hooked up to machines and with cameras watching you all night. It’s like a luxury hotel inside the center. One of the doctors graduated from the sleep medical school of Stanford.[/quote]
Cool! Do you know how much an exam would cost, roughly, if paying out-of-pocket?
Packages of 12,000 or 8,800, with words that I don’t really understand.