Best Hospitals in South Korea

Most trusted destination for medical tourism in Asia, South Korea represent a blend of tradition and modernity, making it ‘hot destination for medical tourism’ declared by CNN media house. Based on Bloomberg innovation Index, South Korea is declared most innovative in healthcare practices.

South Korean medical tourism industry seems to develop year by year as the number of medical tourists is increasing continuously. Initially, South Korea fetched medical tourists primarily for spine related issues, but scenario has promptly changed. The country has emerged as a preferred destination for cancer treatments, organ transplants, cosmetic dentistry and others. Use of herbal medicine to treat the disorders and using supercomputers for treatment purpose reflects diversity of medical excellence of South Korea.

South Korea has 26 Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals. This accreditation represent an international standard that evaluates and accredits healthcare institutions in Asia, Europe, Middle East and South America. KOIHA is another accreditation which evaluates a healthcare institution based upon parameters like performance management, administrative management and value patient care.

Speaking of cosmetic procedures, cosmetic and plastic surgery have become the country’s speciality. South Korean skin care products are well known and enthusiastically accepted across the world. South Korea has got the highest per capita rate of cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic clinics are spread in large number across the country executing broad scale of cosmetic surgeries annually.

Cancer treatment, cardio-vascular surgeries and orthopaedic treatments are additionally provided. The country take pride in offering success rate of 90% for common cancers leaving Canada and US behind them. Survival rate of gastric cancer is around 70%.

South Korea employs robotic surgeries and proton therapies and became the first country to exploit the electrocauterization technique used to remove harmful tissues.

Artificial intelligence-based supercomputers are installed at Gachon University Gil Medical Centre and other hospitals to store data of cancer patients and suggest appropriate treatment plan.

South Korean government believes in affordable healthcare and have developed supportive system result being the treatments in South Korea are way affordable compared to US (United States), Japan and UAE (United Arab Emirates). Price packaging is offered to medical tourists looking for plastic surgery or routine check-up. Up to 40% can be saved on flight, travel and accommodation cost.

Cost Comparison

High disparity of costs in simple surgery like wisdom teeth removal offers accurate reflection of how affordable the healthcare in South Korea is. The wisdom teeth removal surgery in US consumes $800 if the patient is uninsured whereas it barely takes $30 in South Korea for similar therapy.

Lumbar spine surgery in South Korea costs around $20,000. In US, the cost may touch $100,000, and it may increase more considerably depending on the hospital or the region one is living in.

Exceptional standards of medical professionals and supporting staff, shorter wait time for the procedures, use of advanced and innovative technology in the treatment and extremely low cost are the pillars of the boosting medical tourism in South Korea.

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Asan Medical Centre located in Seoul, South Korea is accredited by ISO. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 524,700 square meters is the floor area of Asan Medical Centre
  • Number of beds is 2,715
  • 67 operating rooms
  • 11,680 outpatients
  • Everday 2,427 inpatients come to the Centre
  • 66,838 Sophisticated surgeries (per year)
  • 1,600 physicians and surgeons
  • 3,100 nurses
  • Five various types of rooms ranging from suites to multi-bed rooms

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ID Hospital: Top Doctors, and Reviews

Seoul, South Korea

  • Joint Commission International, or JCI

ID Hospital located in Seoul, South Korea is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Hospital-level Medical Institution as the largest facial bone surgery hospital with 5 stories, 2 basement floors, and 30 wards
  • Dermatology Clinic
  • Plastic Surgery Clinic
  • Full-fledged rhinoplasty center
  • Opened up many Beauty centers in Asia
  • Premium De-ageing Center
  • ID Dental Clinic
  • Aesthetic Branch for the fast recovery of patients to normal routine after facial bone surgery
  • Operating rooms
  • Accommodation & Choice of Meals

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International St. Mary's Hospital located in Seoul, South Korea is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 3 Basements and 5 Floors Building
  • International Healthcare Center
  • Korean Traditional Medicine Hospital
  • Hybrid Operation Theatres
  • Conference Rooms
  • Seminar Rooms
  • Auditorium
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Hospice ward
  • Chapel
  • Emergency Medical Center
  • Pathology
  • Outpatient Pharmacy
  • 15 Professional Treatment Centers
  • 35 Clinical Departments
  • Transplant Centers
  • Admission & Discharge Center
  • Counseling office
  • Convenience Store
  • Animal Laboratories
  • Parking in basement
  • Food court for patients & visitors
  • Coffee Shop
  • Free Wi-fi is available throughout the Hospital premises

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, BK Plastic Surgery located in Seoul, South Korea has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Wide range of payment services are available at this hospital.
  • Research focus of the doctors at the BK Plastic Surgery Hospital, Seoul.
  • They have a streamlined process for assistance of international patients such as,
  • Transport
  • Hotel reservation
  • Accommodation
  • Translators
  • Online consultations and surgery appointments
  • Post surgery care and post procedural follow up care
  • Resolution of Declaration of Entry Issue
  • Global Tax Return for Plastic Surgery
  • Convenient Payment Services
  • Same level of medical services in its Singapore clinic
  • Assistance with Medical Visa
  • BK Plastic Surgery Museum is a repertoire of knowledge and information regarding the field.
  • BK Scholarship Program Recruitment for meritorious students as a philanthropic activity.
  • Publications of books related to plastic surgery for both professional as well as general application.
  • Online consultations and reservations are present.
  • Simulation service is also available to understand how you will appear post chosen surgery.

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Venkateshwar Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital has the latest healthcare facilities and world class infrastructure.
  • It has a 325 bed capacity and 100 beds for critical care.
  • There are as many as 10 operation theatres.
  • The Intensive Care Unit and blood bank is also present within the hospital.
  • There is complete support for international patients with facilities such as transfers, assistance for visa and accommodation, translators and insurance related assistance.
  • Some of the departments in which medical services are available are Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopedics, Gynecology, Cardiology, Neurology and Oncology.
  • The hospital also provides treatment for infertility, weight loss and has physiotherapy and pain management services.

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Gleneagles Hospital located in Napier Road, Singapore is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 270+ bedded medical facility, which includes suites, single rooms, two-bedded, four-bedded rooms and maternity wards (9 delivery rooms)
  • 12 operating rooms
  • Surgery ward with 40 beds
  • State-of- the-art intensive care unit (ICU) with 16 beds
  • State-of- the-art neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with 14 cots
  • Separate transplant unit
  • Endoscopy Centre (VIP room)
  • 24-hour accident and emergency (A&E) and outpatient Unit
  • Accommodation availability for the patients
  • The Hospital has a dedicated Patient Assistance Centre, which is to cater to multi-faceted needs of international patients. It provides services like air evacuation and repatriation, visa application and extension, language interpretation assistance, etc.

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Sterling Wockhardt Hospital located in Mumbai, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The bed capacity of Sterling Wockhardt Hospital is 50.
  • Critical care and complex cases resolution is done with excellent results.
  • Emergency departments with 3 beds capacity and Intensive Care Unit with 10 beds capacity.
  • The healthcare delivery focus of the hospital is both on prevention as well curing the conditions.
  • Diagnostics are well developed with the latest technological developments.
  • Pharmacy, operating rooms, lab services are at par with the best in the country.
  • 24/7 ambulance services to cover healthcare requirements in Panvel and Vashi.
  • Accommodation, airport transfers, flight bookings and translation services are all available for international patients.

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Star Hospitals located in Hyderabad, India is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The bed capacity of Star Hospitals, Hyderabad, India is 130.
  • The hospital has Intensive Care Units which are upgraded with the latest technologies.
  • International patient care services are applied to make the process of medical travel easier for international patients.
  • Centres of Excellence across disciplines such as Cardiac Sciences, Renal Sciences, Critical Care, ENT, Spine Surgery etc.
  • A radiology centre which has been digitised.
  • There are Centers of Excellence for prominent specialties such as cardiac care and neurosciences, there are a total of six.

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Medanta - The Medicity located in Gurugram, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 1250 beds facility
  • 800+ professionally trained & experienced Doctors
  • Patient Support Services Team in International Patients Department, assists patients from different nation during their medical travel journey
  • Hotels and Lodging Arrangements
  • International Lounge
  • Medantas own Air-ambulance service can reach you in any part of the world (fully functional ICU at 30,000 feet above the ground)

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Mount Elizabeth Hospital located in Singapore, Singapore is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 345 bedded Hospital
  • Maternity wards
  • The Mount Elizabeth Patient Assistance Centre (MPAC)
  • 1 major operating unit with 12 operating rooms and 1 operating theatre dedicated to in vitro fertilisation (IVF)
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Accident & Emergency Department
  • Rooms are categorized as Single rooms, 2-bedded rooms, 4-bedded rooms, Executive deluxe suite, Daffodil/Magnolia suite, VIP Room, and Royal Suite
  • All patient rooms are equipped with electric safe, LCD, sofa cum bed, wardrobe, radio channels, and much more
  • Parking lot

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Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation is one of the most trusted names for skin, body, and hair enhancement solutions. The centre has the latest and most advanced equipment along with the state of the art facility. Also, the clinic has a team of highly skilled plastic surgeons, therapists, patient coordinators, front desk, nurses, and customer service staff, to ensure a world-class experience.  Let us have a look at its high-end infrastructure and facilities.

Infrastructure

  • High-tech rooms equipped with all facilities
  • Use of state-of-the-art and safe technology
  • Most experienced cosmetic surgeons in the industry
  • Advanced medical technologies for hair fall treatments and surgery
  • Neat & hygienic clinic with the most sophisticated equipment for various cosmetic surgeries
  • Well-designed operation theaters to ensure complete safety of patients
  • Well furnished, air conditioned inpatient rooms having facilities like satellite hot & cold filtered water, TV, refrigerators, wifi, etc.
  • Separate floor for ensuring confidentiality and privacies of cosmetic surgery patients.
  • Equipped with advanced tripolar non ablative radio frequency thermotherapy tool

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Parkway East Hospital located in Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Total capacity for 143 beds
  • Hospital rooms are available- Single room, 2-bedded room (8), 4-bedded room (2), Deluxe room, and Orchid/Hibiscus Suite
  • All rooms are equipped with all ensuite facilities like Free wifi, mini fridge, sofa couch, telephone, in-room safe, TV, etc.
  • Maternity wards- Accredited as a baby-friendly hospital under the World Health Organisations Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)
  • 1 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with 14 cots
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • 1 Operation Theatre with 5 Operating rooms
  • 1 Nursery with 30 cots
  • 1 Parentcraft room
  • 24-hour walk-in-clinic (for emergency)
  • 24-hour Pharmacy

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Medicana International Istanbul located in Istanbul, Turkey is accredited by ISO, JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Covers an indoor area of 30.000 m
  • Capacity of 191 beds
  • 34 ICUs
  • 8 NICUs
  • 8 Operation Theatres
  • Inpatient Floors
  • Outpatient Floors
  • Internal and Surgical Intensive Unit Care
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit
  • Coronary Intensive Care Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Patient comfort CIP, VIP and Standard Patient Rooms
  • Intensive care patient rooms
  • Technology Advancement- PET-CT, ERCP, BT/MR 1.5 Tesla

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Memorial Antalya Hospital located in Antalya, Turkey is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 114 patients and 28 intensive care beds
  • 5 Operating theatres
  • Radiology Department with advanced technology
  • Intensive care units
  • Interventional Radiology Unit
  • Chemotherapy and Art Center
  • The Hospital uses advanced technologies like Hydra Facial, Cardiac MR, Heart Tomography-Coronary CT Angiography and many more
  • Patient rooms and living spaces with all the 5-star hotel features

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The Hospital has world-class infrastructure with a capacity of over 1000 beds and much more-

  • 265 Licensed beds
  • 13 Operation Theatres
  • 24*7 Cath Lab
  • 24*7 available Blood Bank
  • 24*7 Emergency Department
  • 24*7 Open Pharmacy

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Frequently Asked Questions

What healthcare accreditation standards are followed in South Korea?

The hospitals in South Korea follow the healthcare standards set by Commission International (JCI) and Korea Institute for Healthcare Accreditation (KOHIA). Around 29 hospitals in South Korea are accredited by JCI which has set strict quality standards that the accredited hospitals need to follow. KOIHA evaluates a healthcare facility based on parameters, such as performance management, administrative management and quality of patient care. The certified hospitals are strictly monitored by the accreditation bodies to ensure the quality of healthcare is as per the international standards.

Why should I opt for healthcare in South Korea?

South Korea is a leading medical tourism destination in the world which has been attracting foreign patients with advanced medical technologies during the past decade. South Korea has received worldwide recognition for its excellent hospitals and highly competent doctors who have experience of vast working in different parts of the world and are capable of handling even the most complicated cases with ease. Proving quality care at an affordable cost, South Korea is declared most innovative in healthcare practices which helps the country to offer a wide range of procedures with excellent results. Some other factors which contribute to the growing popularity of South Korea in medical tourism, are a wide range of food options, scenic value, affordable accommodation, visa availability, transportation facilities, and language assistance.

What is the quality of doctors in South Korea?

Handling a large number of successful procedures, the talented doctors in South Korea use their deep expertise in performing various procedures with high precision and accuracy. The world-class doctors in South Korea have earned degrees from reputed universities and have experience of working in different countries, which makes them efficient in handling even the most complicated cases with high success rates. The doctors aim to provide quality care with complete patient satisfaction by following medical protocols and international standards. The doctors focus on preventative medicine to check complications and believe in treating patients with a human touch.

When traveling to South Korea for medical treatment, what essential documents do I need to carry along?

The required essential documents might vary as per your destination, so it is suggested to check with the concerned authority before traveling. Make a list of all the documents you might need in South Korea in order to make sure that you do not miss any of them. Some other things documents you may need are currency/forex card, travel insurance paper, international SIM card. When you are traveling to South Korea for medical treatment, you should carry essential documents like test reports, records, doctor referral notes, medical History, passport copies, residence/ driver’s license/ bank statement/ details of Health insurance.

What are the popular procedures available in South Korea?

The most sought-after procedures in South Korea are

  1. Forehead Augmentation,
  2. Eye-Widening Surgery,
  3. Jaw Reduction Surgery,
  4. Double Eyelid Surgery,
  5. Liposuction,
  6. Facial Plastic Surgery,
  7. Rhinoplasty,
  8. Hair Transplant, and
  9. Chin Augmentation
. South Korea has reported the highest per capita rate of plastic surgery, according to a recent survey and the country is flocked with a high number of cosmetic clinics. Other most sought-after procedures available in South Korea are hip and shoulder replacement, cancer treatment, organ transplant, and cardiovascular surgeries. South Korea has made landmark achievements in cancer treatment and some advanced techniques used to remove cancer cells are robotic surgeries and proton therapies.
Which are the most popular cities in South Korea for medical treatment?

The cities that attract a large number of medical tourists in South Korea are Incheon, Daegu, Seoul, Busan, Cheonan, and Cheonan. These cities have modern infrastructure, world-class hospitals, and highly trained doctors which contribute to providing quality treatment. These cities have gained popularity in medical tourism due to several other reasons like transportation facilities, cheap accommodation, more food options, language assistance. A large number of plastic surgeries are formed in Seoul every year and the city is flocked with several aesthetic centers.

How to obtain a medical visa for South Korea?

A very stringent process is followed by the Korean embassy for obtaining a visa for traveling to the country. The candidate needs to produce all necessary papers citing the medical cause and the referral certificate signed by the registered medical expert. A medical visa authorizes a person to accompany a patient who is traveling to South Korea for seeking medical treatment. A declaration from the patient or a family member, along with all documents explaining the details of the treatment signed and stamped by the concerned hospitals/doctors is required.

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Korea?

South Korea is growing as a very popular medical tourism destination with many multispecialty hospitals in the world, such as:

  1. Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul;
  2. Asan Medical Centre, Seoul;
  3. ID Hospital, Seoul;
  4. International St. Mary's Hospital, Seoul and,
  5. Wooridul Hospital Seoul, Seoul.
The multispecialty hospitals in South Korea are equipped with the most advanced equipment and the latest medical technologies and are supported by high-end infrastructure to provide world-class treatment. The hospitals adopt a patient-centric and holistic approach for providing world-class treatment and strictly comply with healthcare standards and protocols to ensure quality. The hospitals are backed by highly skilled and trained doctors who are efficient in performing even the most complex surgeries with great accuracy and precision.

FAQ's Related to South Korea

Why should I opt for healthcare in South Korea?

South Korea is a leading medical tourism destination in the world which has been attracting foreign patients with advanced medical technologies during the past decade. South Korea has received worldwide recognition for its excellent hospitals and highly competent doctors who have experience of vast working in different parts of the world and are capable of handling even the most complicated cases with ease. Proving quality care at an affordable cost, South Korea is declared most innovative in healthcare practices which helps the country to offer a wide range of procedures with excellent results. Some other factors which contribute to the growing popularity of South Korea in medical tourism, are a wide range of food options, scenic value, affordable accommodation, visa availability, transportation facilities, and language assistance.

When traveling to South Korea for medical treatment, what essential documents do I need to carry along?

The required essential documents might vary as per your destination, so it is suggested to check with the concerned authority before traveling. Make a list of all the documents you might need in South Korea in order to make sure that you do not miss any of them. Some other things documents you may need are currency/forex card, travel insurance paper, international SIM card. When you are traveling to South Korea for medical treatment, you should carry essential documents like test reports, records, doctor referral notes, medical History, passport copies, residence/ driver’s license/ bank statement/ details of Health insurance.

Which are the most popular cities in South Korea for medical treatment?

The cities that attract a large number of medical tourists in South Korea are Incheon, Daegu, Seoul, Busan, Cheonan, and Cheonan. These cities have modern infrastructure, world-class hospitals, and highly trained doctors which contribute to providing quality treatment. These cities have gained popularity in medical tourism due to several other reasons like transportation facilities, cheap accommodation, more food options, language assistance. A large number of plastic surgeries are formed in Seoul every year and the city is flocked with several aesthetic centers.

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Korea?

South Korea is growing as a very popular medical tourism destination with many multispecialty hospitals in the world, such as:

  1. Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul;
  2. Asan Medical Centre, Seoul;
  3. ID Hospital, Seoul;
  4. International St. Mary's Hospital, Seoul and,
  5. Wooridul Hospital Seoul, Seoul.

The multispecialty hospitals in South Korea are equipped with the most advanced equipment and the latest medical technologies and are supported by high-end infrastructure to provide world-class treatment. The hospitals adopt a patient-centric and holistic approach for providing world-class treatment and strictly comply with healthcare standards and protocols to ensure quality. The hospitals are backed by highly skilled and trained doctors who are efficient in performing even the most complex surgeries with great accuracy and precision.