Medical tourism is a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of traveling to another country to obtain health care.
More recently, the phrases global healthcare and medical journeys have emerged as synonyms.
South Korea, one of the world’s most technologically and scientifically advanced nations, has long been a leader in global economics and continues to be one of the wealthiest countries in Asia are already well known for its Medical tourism.
Medical tourism in South Korea is increasing and is rated as one of the top three Asian destinations that attract not only expatriates but foreign tourists. South Korea has earned a reputation for spinal surgeries, cancer screenings and treatments and cosmetic surgeries. Many South Korean hospitals are fully digitized, with electronic health records as the standard. The Korean governments is enthusiastically and vigorously creating an increasing services and plans for overseas tourists, regardless of cultural background that take advantage of Korean professional medical services and technologies, especially in cities such as Seoul, Daegu and Jeju. Daegu, in the center of the nation, hosts a well-known herbal medicine market dating to the 17th century. On the southern seacoast, Busan attracts many medical travelers to the local Hanyang University Medical Center for low-cost, comprehensive health screenings.
South Korean physicians, surgeons and medical facilities take pride in their ability to utilize cutting edge medical technology, developed surgical methods and procedures, and the best in high-tech equipment and utilize a model of patient-oriented service that provides superlative care not only for expatriates, but international travelers of all ages, cultures, and demographic backgrounds.
The Korean Tourism Organization (KNTO) is targeting medical tourism developments in her major cities to attract 10,000 foreign patients a year in coming years, including services such as the static and plastic surgery in Busan, the Jeju Healthcare town on the island of Jeju and Wellness Park, designed as a high-tech medical complex for specialized treatments.
South Korea continues to provide familiar, excellent and experienced medical services to expats returning to their homeland while the same time providing affordable and world-class quality healthcare in all fields and subspecialties.