It is estimated that on an average, around 50,000 foreigners visit South Korea on a yearly basis. In 2011, South Korea was seen to hold around 6 percent of the Asian medical tourism market. It is predicted that by 2015, South Korea will have a yearly influx of more than three hundred thousand medical tourists.
To support medical tourism in the country, the government is rolling out well-funded plans. The government also emphasizes on providing quality treatment through non-profit organizations where patient care is placed above monetary benefits. All health care facilities and hospitals are accredited by the government, thus ensuring the quality of medical care throughout the country. The government also runs a Hospital Evaluation Program under the Korean Medical Act to evaluate the quality of services offered by hospitals.
South Korean medical tourism program includes hospitals which have received accreditations on international and national levels. Severance Hospital, in Seoul is the first hospital in South Korea to be awarded with JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditation. The Health Ministry of South Korea has also introduced the Korean Institute for Healthcare Accreditation (KOIHA). Receiving this accreditation will imply that the hospitals are providing health care standards of international level.
The doctors in South Korea are well-qualified, and most of them have received training from international universities. The doctors who are members of KMA (Korean Medical Association) are required to complete 12 credits of training each year to retain their accreditation. The doctors over here make use of highly sophisticated technologies and state-of-the-art equipment.
The hospitals provide a variety of low cost health care treatments that include cancer treatment, organ transplantation, infertility treatment, and spinal treatment. But the most sought-after treatment here is cosmetic surgeries like nose jobs, skin lightening, and facelifts. The demand for preventive medicine is also high over here, with medical travelers seeking out comprehensive medical screenings including MRIs, blood tests, audio, and dental checkup.
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