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Medical Korea

Why Korea

  • MEDICAL KOREA

    Korea is an emerging international hub of medical tourism. Thanks to its skilled medical practitioners with lots of clinical experience, cutting edge medical technology, reasonable prices, prompt and efficient diagnostics, and state of the art information technology (IT)-based medical infrastructure, Korea is becoming a new leader of the global medical market, capable of providing world-class medical care and services.

  • GLOBAL MEDICAL KOREA

    Provision of Korean Medical Services

    From 60,000 foreign patients who visited Korea for medical treatment in 2009, the number has increased annually by about 22.7%, reaching 2.26 million from 190 countries. (Cumulative annual number: 6.01 million)

    Most Visited Country in the world
    (Cumulative annual no. of patients from 2009 to 2018) (Cumulative annual no. of patients from 2009 to 2018)
    Most Visited Medical Departments
    • Integrative
      Internal
      Medicine
      19.2%
    • Plastic
      Surgery
      15.3%
    • Dermatology 14.4%
    • Medical
      Checkup
      Service
      9.2%
    • Obstetrics
      &Gynecology
      6.9%
    • Orthopedics 4.4%
    • Korean
      Medicine
      3.9%
    • Neurosurgery 2.6%

    ※ Source : Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI). (2019).
    Statistics on International Patients in Korea, 2018.

    Korean Medical Training Program

    Foreign medical professionals are visiting Korea to learn its leading medical technologies. In 2007–2019, medical staff from 32 countries have completed the Korean Medical Training Program.

    Foreign Medical Staff under Domestic Training Programs

    ※ No. of trainees who completed or are under training programs (2007–2019)

    Medical Korea Academy: 448

    (31 Countries)

    Saudi Arabia Physicians & Dentist Training Program in Korea: 220

    http://www.medicalkorea-ppcc.or.kr

    Korea–Mongolia Seoul
    Project: 173
    Korea-Russia Health Care
    Cooperation Project: 82

    Medical Charity Program

    A total of 400 patients from 26 countries are invited as part of our dedication to spreading our philanthropic culture, which is sharing medical services to support treatments.

    Kazakhstan
    Systemic Burn Surgery
    Uzbekistan
    Heart Surgery for a baby aged six months or below
    Cambodia
    Heart Surgery
    Cambodia
    Heart Surgery
    Russia
    Heart Surgery
    Mongolia
    Reconstructive Rhinoplasty
    China
    Systemic Burn Surgery
    China
    Laryngeal Papllloma Surgery
    Vetnam
    Heart Surgery
  • EXCELLENT MEDICAL KOREA

    Outstanding Medical Technology
    Five-year cancer survival relative rates (2013–2017)

    For major cancer types, there was a decreased mortality rate and an increased survival rate because of advanced medical technologies such as robots.

    • Thyroid
      cancer

      100.1%

    • Prostate
      cancer

      91.9%

    • Breast
      cancer

      91.2%

    • Kidney
      cancer

      78.6%

    • Colorectal
      cancer

      73.9%

    • Stomach
      cancer

      68.4%

    ※ Source: National Cancer Information Center. (2020).
    Cancer survival rates (1993–2017).

    Five-year post-transplant survival rates

    It has the record of the world’s top success rates of organ transplants, such as liver and kidney transplants from living donors.

    • Kidney transplant

      94.7%

    • Pancreas transplant

      92.8%

    • Liver transplant

      77.8%

    • Heart transplant

      76.3%

    ※ Source: Center for Korean Network for Organ Sharing (KONOS) Statistical Yearbook. (2018)

    More foreign patients are annually visiting Korea for difficult treatments, which includ a living donor liver transplant (Israel), a test-tube baby (United Arab Emirates), spinal disease (United States), reconstructive rhinoplasty (Mongolia), osteosarcoma (Peru), and in vitro fertilization (China).

    • Test-tube baby procedure (United Arab Emirates)

      A Middle Eastern couple, who had been unable to conceive naturally, gave birth to twins through a test-tube baby procedure in Korea.

    • Reconstructive rhinoplasty
      (Mongolia)

      A Mongolian patient, who had suffered from a congenital closure of nostrils, has been able to breathe by himself after a reconstructive rhinoplasty in Korea.

    • In vitro fertilization (China)

      A Chinese patient, who had difficulty conceiving naturally because of the resection of her fallopian tubes, gave birth to a daughter through in vitro fertilization in Korea.

    Exceptional Medical Infrastructure
    High Ranks on Health Care Service Infrastructure in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Better Life Index
    Total number of hospital beds

    (Per 1,000 population)

    • Korea

      12.3 beds

    • OECD

      4.7 beds

    Total number of
    acute care hospital beds

    (Per 1,000 population)

    • Korea

      7.1 beds

    • OECD

      3.6 beds

    Number of computerized tomography (CT) scanners

    (Per 1 million population)

    • Korea

      38.2 units

    • OECD

      27.8 units

    Number of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units

    (Per 1 milion population)

    • Korea

      29.1 units

    • OECD

      17.4 units

    ※ Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (2019). OECD Health Statistics.

    Highest Life Expectancy

    High-tech medical technologies and precise health examinations allowed disease prevention and early diagnoses.

    Life expectancy in 2030
    Top 1 in 35 countries
    • Men

      84.07
    • Women

      90.82

    ※ Source: Kontis, V. et al. (2017). Future life expectancy in 35 industrialized countries: Projections with a Bayesian model ensemble. The Lancet, 389(10076), 1323–1335. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32381-9

  • RELIABLE MEDICAL KOREA

    Registration System for Medical Institutions

    The Ministry of Health and Welfare has started enforcing the registration system in 2009 for institutions serving foreign patients in Korea, making the development of medical malpractice liability insurance mandatory in 2016.
    All these measures are made to secure safer and higher quality Korean medical services for foreign patients.

    Transparent Medical Services without Illegal Brokerage

    Korea strives to enhance the transparency of its medical services by sentencing illegal brokers up to three years in prison or fining them up to USD 27,000.
    A reward of up to USD 9,000 is also offered to those who report unauthorized brokers.

    A reward of up to USD 9,000
    for reporting illegal brokerage
    Korean Accreditation Program for Hospitals Serving
    Foreign Patients (KAHF)

    The Ministry of Health and Welfare has enforced the Korean Accreditation Program for Hospitals Serving Foreign Patients (KAHF) to evaluate the quality of medical services (e.g., treatment, infection control)
    and nonmedical services (e.g., interpretation and prevention of medical disputes) provided by medical institutions.

    Top-tier medical institutions
    selected by an evaluation system
    35 standards · 153 items
    Reliable Medical Environment
    Evaluation System
    Specialized Foreign Patient Services
    • Medical Tourism Performance
      and Operating System
    • Medical Specialists
    • Respect for Patient’s Rights and
      Medical Dispute Prevention
    Patient Safety System
    • Safety Guarantee
      Activity
    • Patient
      Treatment
    • Medicine
      Management
    • Infection
      Control
    • Facility and
      Environmental
      Management

    ※ Source: Korean Accreditation Program For Hospitals Serving Foreign Patients (KAHF). (n.d.).

    Logo and Certificate
    Patient safety system for surgical, procedures,
    emergency responses, etc. [520* / 94 items each for hospital- and clinic-level
    medical institutions]
    Customized services for foreign patients
    such as medical specialists, patients’ rights, etc. [59 items for hospital-/clinic-level medical institutions] Medical institutions are designated through a
    strict evaluation of various test items.

    ※ Source: Korea Legislation Research Institute. (n.d.). Accreditation of Medical Institutions pursuant
    to Article 58 of the Medical Service Act.

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  • CONVENIENT MEDICAL KOREA

    Medical Korea Information Center

    The Medical Korea Information Center provides information and consultation services in five languages (e.g., English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic) on medical services related to the Korean health care system and medical interpretation.

    Medical Call

    Tel. No.: +82-1577-7129

    • English English
    • 日本語 Japanese
    • 中文 Chinese
    • Русский Russian
    One-Stop Service for Medical Service Use
    • Consultation
      on entry and
      exit visas
    • Provision of information
      on medical institutions
      and medical products
    • Support for the
      reservation
      of medical services
    • Use of medical services ※ The cosmetic surgery
      tax refund system is
      available.
    Consultations on Foreign Patients’ Complaints
    • Consultations on complaints
    • Consultations on medical complaints and disputes
      and support for transfer to the Korea Medical
      Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency
    • Consultations on illegal brokerage
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