Medical Tourism in Korea
The South Korean government launched its “Medical Korea” program in December, 2009, which it implemented to promote the benefits of medical tourism in Korea. “Smart Care”, an agenda within Medical Korea, focuses on assisting international patients in accessing Korean medical care at hospitals such as Wooridul Hospital in Seoul.
More than 50,000 global patients visited South Korean hospitals for treatment in 2009. It is anticipated this number will increase as Korea’s well-deserved reputation as a leader in Asia for excellence of care grows.
South Korean hospitals have invested substantial money into state of the art equipment and development of medical technologies and infrastructure. Doctors are frequently internationally trained and have considerable expertise in their fields. Over 80 percent of South Korean physicians are medical specialists.
South Korea offers excellent low cost healthcare. Depending on the procedure, savings can equal thousands of dollars as compared to the equivalent procedure in the United States.
Treatment options in South Korea include:
Please also contact us if the procedure you are interested in is not on our list.
South Korean hospitality is outstanding. Patient comfort is a priority. English speaking physicians, staff and interpreters are available for international patients. The doctor-to-patient ratio exceeds that of the United States. Patients recuperate in deluxe accommodations.
In some cases, patients may have the opportunity to visit some of South Korea’s major attractions, including Seoul’s ancient architecture such as the Summer Palace, the temple of Bulguksa and burial tombs in Gyeongu, Korean culture in Andong and Yongudsan and Geumgand Parks in Busan.
Direct flights to Seoul in South Korea are available in many major US centers, putting travelers within easy reach of hospitals. Flights are generally 12 to 15 hours, however, the time investment is more than offset by the savings on medical treatments.