South Korea is the new destination for health tourism
According to the Korean Tourism Organization and the team of Medical Korea, the enlisted medical tourists cases in 2009 were 60,201, a figure way below to the 266,501 patients registered in 2014. Those numbers show an annual growth of 34.7% per year!
A key point is the integration of a number of players inside the medical tourism industry: From the local government and its instrumental arm Medical Korea, to the hospitality business that includes the best airport in the world (Incheon International Airport, ICN), a solid the network of 5-stars to 3-stars hotels, the excellent fast speed train service (KTX) and the emerging touristic attractions sponsored by Korean conglomerates (Samsung, LG, Lotte, et. al.).
All of this encompassed by the professionalism of licensed medical tourism agencies (Medical Avenue) working hand-in-hand with the International Departments of JCI-accredited hospitals and top rated clinics.
Why is South Korea the new destination for health tourism?
The reason is the high quality of medical services in South Korea: Doctors in the country have to go through an exhausting process to obtain their professional degrees and then their licenses to operate and give consultation. After more than 10 to 12 years of hard study, Korean doctors keep targeting national and international certifications to have a position inside the top national hospitals, where many of them excel in their fields.
Complementing the local doctors’ professional experience, there is the technological part: South Korea leads the way in innovative tech equipment and of course this is not strange to the medical branch of it. Hospitals in the country possess medical devices only found in elite hospitals like the Proton-Beam Therapy Center at the National Cancer Center or the many PET-CT’s located at several Health Checkup Centers or the DaVinci Robot, widely use by skillful doctors at some of our partners’ medical institutions.
New South Korea keeps improving
Finally, we have to add the dynamic social evolution this country is experiencing. It is now a milestone time for South Korea as the new generation is reforming the landscape to thrust the nation into the next global step.
The trend will keep on and more Russians looking for cancer treatment, more Kazakhs on their search to find solution for infertility or neurosurgery, more Chinese, Australians or Americans wanting a plastic procedure or a health check up will keep coming into South Korea for the next years! Welcome all!