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5 Reasons to Choose Medical Tourism in Korea



The Allure of Leading Korea

Korea, known as a country with cutting-edge technology and a cultural powerhouse led by K-pop, K-movie, and K-food, is gaining attention as one of the top destinations for medical tourism. In an era where receiving medical services abroad is no longer unfamiliar, Korea's increased recognition and positive national image have established it as an attractive hub for medical tourism. Patients coming to Korea expect to have access to world-class treatments, technology, services, and medical expertise.



① Affordable Medical Costs Despite High-Quality Technology

The Korean medical industry has made remarkable progress over the past few decades and is known for its excellent healthcare professionals. With generous government support for the development of the medical field and the establishment of an efficient healthcare system, Korea has achieved a cost-effective medical industry structure. The combination of advanced technology, skilled medical professionals, and comparatively lower costs has made Korean healthcare highly competitive. Depending on the case, patients can save up to 80% on medical expenses by opting for Korean medical tourism. Cost-competitive medical services are a significant reason why patients choose medical tourism.

he Korean medical industry has made remarkable progress over the past few decades and is known for its excellent healthcare professionals. With generous government support for the development of the medical field and the establishment of an efficient healthcare system, Korea has achieved a cost-effective medical industry structure. The combination of advanced technology, skilled medical professionals, and comparatively lower costs has made Korean healthcare highly competitive. Depending on the case, patients can save up to 80% on medical expenses by opting for Korean medical tourism. Depending on the case, patients can save up to 80% on medical expenses by opting for Korean medical tourism. Cost-competitive medical services are a significant reason why patients choose medical tourism.


② Minimal Waiting Time

Foreigners who have experienced Korean hospitals are amazed by the speed of their services. Compared to other countries where long waiting times and high costs are common, Korea stands out for its significantly shorter waiting time. For example, while it may take up to 18 months in the UK and 2 years in Canada to receive knee reconstruction surgery, it takes less than a month in Korea (and that's assuming the longest possible duration). Himedi supports patients with telemedicine with medical professionals and assists with the process of treatment, treatment methods, and recovery periods before patients enter Korea. This minimizes the time spent on treatment after entering Korea. All patients need to do is follow the schedule prepared by Himedi and board the plane.

Foreigners who have experienced Korean hospitals are amazed by the speed of their services. Compared to other countries where long waiting times and high costs are common, Korea stands out for its significantly shorter waiting time. For example, while it may take up to 18 months in the UK and 2 years in Canada to receive knee reconstruction surgery, it takes less than a month in Korea (and that's assuming the longest possible duration). Himedi supports patients with telemedicine with medical professionals and assists with the process of treatment, treatment methods, and recovery periods before patients enter Korea. This minimizes the time spent on treatment after entering Korea. All patients need to do is follow the schedule prepared by Himedi and board the plane.


③ Top-tier Medical Specialists

Even during the pandemic, there have been consistent numbers of foreigners visiting Korea for medical treatment, reflecting their willingness to endure quarantine and travel to experience excellent Korean healthcare. In terms of medical specialties, internal medicine accounted for the highest proportion at 26.4%, followed by health check-ups (10.1%), plastic surgery (9.2%), and dermatology (6.6%).

Particularly, cancer treatment and organ transplantation are among the most sought-after procedures by foreign patients in Korea. The high success rates and recovery rates of cancer treatment and organ transplantation in Korea are globally recognized. In fact, Korea's 5-year cancer survival rates are comparable to or higher than those in the United States.

The data speaks for itself. The recovery rates for breast cancer, prostate cancer, and thyroid cancer are all above 90%, with thyroid cancer achieving a 100% recovery rate. Similarly, kidney transplantation boasts a 94% success rate, while heart and liver transplantation have success rates of 75%.

A Russian patient who came to Korea for cancer treatment through Himedi was told in his home country that he had only a month to live due to lung cancer. However, he did not give up and decided to seek treatment in Korea with his family. After 10 months, he received a complete recovery diagnosis. Similar cases can be found among patients from Mongolia, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries.


④ Diverse Medical Service Options

Foreign patients visiting Korea come from various countries, including China, the United States, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, and Vietnam. As patients come from diverse backgrounds, medical specialties are also distributed accordingly, including internal medicine, plastic surgery, dermatology, health check-up centers, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, and dentistry. Patients who face difficulties receiving treatment for diseases in their home countries come to Korea to receive treatment and also indulge in the trend of K-medical tourism, which includes cosmetic and beauty procedures. The combination of Korea's high-level cultural and industrial development has also given rise to a global-scale medical beauty market. Furthermore, wellness and traditional Korean medicine, known as Hanbok, are gaining prominence. In Korea, you can experience a wide range of medical services beyond the treatment of severe illnesses.


⑤ Influence of K-Culture

Foreign patients choose Korea not only for its advanced technology, state-of-the-art facilities, and professionalism of medical staff but also for the cultural charm that goes beyond these factors. The rich cultural heritage, vibrant cities, and beautiful landscapes make it an appealing destination for travelers. From exploring traditional palaces and temples to indulging in delicious Korean cuisine, visitors can immerse themselves in the unique charm of Korea.

Himedi, as a leading medical tourism company, is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and guidance to patients seeking treatment in Korea. From assisting with hospital selection and appointment scheduling to offering interpretation services and arranging accommodations, Himedi ensures a seamless and comfortable experience for patients. Our goal is to be your trusted companion throughout your medical journey in Korea.

In conclusion, Korea's exceptional medical technology, affordable costs, minimal waiting time, top-tier specialists, diverse service options, and the influence of K-culture have made it an attractive destination for medical tourism. Himedi is committed to delivering the best possible experience to international patients, ensuring that they receive world-class medical care while enjoying the beauty and hospitality of Korea.



If you are considering medical treatment in Korea, Himedi is here to assist you. Contact us to learn more about our services and start your journey towards better health.




 

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