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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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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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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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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Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh is a super-speciality hospital which occupies a unique place when it comes to providing world class patient care. The hospital is equipped with 262 beds and is expanded over a total area of 7.34 acres. It provides the highest quality of medical care via its team of doctors, technicians, nurses, and management professionals.

Infrastructure & facilities:

  • PET-CT
  • Radiation Oncology: VERSA HD - Elektra (Linac) for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy, Image
  • Guided Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy
  • EUS, 3D Laparoscopic system, Capsule Endoscopy
  • Fibro Scan, Stereotactic Frame for Neurosurgery, ERCP
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab with Hybrid Operating Room
  • Flat Panel Cath Lab
  • Endo Bronchial Ultrasound
  • 100-Watt Holmium Laser, lithotripsy
  • Flexible Ureteroscope
  • NABH Accredited Hospital
  • NABL Accredited Lab
  • High-tech labs
  • Advanced intensive care units
  • Modular operation theaters
  • Luxury rooms for patients
  • Consultation available on Call / Email / Skype
  • Visa and Travel assistance
  • Local transport available as per the requirements of patients
  • Provision of ambulance/car pickup at airports
  • Rehabilitation facilities wherein experts train you for the therapies and exercises
  • Patient dropped to airports in car / ambulance
  • Fully Air-conditioned Deluxe-Suite rooms
  • Hassle-free discharge as per your flight timings
  • One of Asia’s largest Bone Marrow Transplant Centre
  • Advanced Robotic Surgery Systems
  • Liver Transplant | Kidney Transplant | Heart Transplant
  • Cancer Centre | Centre for Chest and Respiratory Diseases
  • Centre for Child Health | Centre for Critical Care
  • Centre for Bone Marrow Transplant

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

  • 7 State-of-the-art Operation Theatres with laminar air flow
  • 42 bedded ICUs
  • 19 bedded HDU
  • Critical Care equipped with advanced technology
  • World class facility for Blood Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation
  • 21 bedded BMT center with BMT Research Lab & Transfusion .
  • Triple Energy Linear Accelerators equipped with VMAT technology
  • Using Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Systems such as ERGO++, Monaco with Monte Carlo Algorithm, CMS Xio and EclipseMicroselectron Digital Brachytherapy afterloader For Precise Cancer Treatment
  • Cardiac Centre with dedicated units
  • Facilities of PET CT Scan, CT Scan,  MRI, Nuclear Scans, Mammography, Dexa Scan
  • 22 bedded dialysis unit with advanced dialysis machines
  • Department of Urology equipped with high-tech diagnostic facilities like Ultrasound, Uroflowmetry, Doppler, Holmium Laser, Lithotripsy
  • BMT Research Lab providing diagnosis for Leukemia Markers, Flow Cytometery, Thalassemia Profile, Myeloma Profile, and BMT Profiles
  • State-of-the-art Laboratory Services such as Frozen Sections, Immunohistochemistry, Cytology, Histopathology, Cytochemistry, Haematology,
  • Tumour Markers, Biochemist
  • 24X7 Emergency, Pharmacy Services, Trauma and Critical Care Services, Radiology Services, Blood Bank
  • State-of-the-art blood bank with facilities like Aphaeresis, Red Cell Serology, Leucoreduction, blood component separation & stem cell harvesting
  • Cardiopulmonary Lab has services including Stress ECGs, ECHO, DSE, TMT, Holter Monitoring, Pulmonary Function tests
  • Ambulances equipped with Advanced Life Support System for emergencies

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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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Canadian Specialist Hospital located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • A multispecialty hospital which is based in 7 stories of a building.
  • More than 30 specialised centres
  • It has over 35 specialties and 40 plus OPD clinics with 200 beds
  • 6 Operating Theatres as well as ICU, CCU, HDU, NICU
  • The most advanced lab & Imaging services
  • International patient care services
  • Option for Telemedicine to connect with the specialists

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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital is known for delivering treatment to over 200,000 patients every year; 10,000 of which are generally medical tourists. The efficient team of doctors has the record of 99.6 percent success rate. Indraprastha Apollo Hospital deals in treatment of over 50 specialities.  

Let’s see some of the features of the infrastructure:

  • Spread over 15 acres, the hospital has 710 beds.
  • 6 beds dedicated to bone marrow transplant units with very strict infection control practices.
  • 64-Slice Scan coupled with data acquisition which provides highest temporal resolution
  • One of the hospitals to be using Da Vinci Robotics Surgery System
  • In South Asia, the Spect-CT and Pet-CT got their first installation at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in India
  • Technologies such as PET- MR, BrainLab Navigation System, PET-CT, Portable CT Scanner, Tilting MRI, NovalisTx, Cobalt based HDR Brachytherapy, Hyperbaric Chamber, DSA Lab, Fibroscan, 3 Tesla MRI, Endosonography, 128 Slice CT scanner are all installed at the hospital.
  • The Cancer Institute at Indraprastha Apollo is equipped with a highly advanced Radiation Oncology Center with ClinaciX, NovalisTx, and HDR-Brachytherapy.
  • It is equipped with the largest Sleep Lab in Asia, & has one of the largest Dialysis Units in India.
  • A large number of ICU beds than any other Private Hospitals in India.
  • WIFI is accessible across the whole campus.

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BLK-Max Super Speciality Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 6,50,000 square feet area
  • Tertiary care multidisciplinary hospital
  • 125 critical care beds
  • 650 bed capacity
  • 17 operation theatres
  • 300 renowned consultants
  • 1500 healthcare providers
  • 150 super specialists
  • Outpatient services done in 80 consultation rooms
  • Ambulatory and Interventional services are present near to each other
  • Specialised birthing suites
  • Among one of the biggest Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in Asia
  • Application of cutting edge equipment such as,
    • TomoTherapy System
    • Robotic Surgery System
    • Computer Navigation System
    • Endoscopy Suites
    • MRI
    • CT Scan
    • Bronchoscopy Suite
    • Nuclear Medicine
  • Centres and facilities for various kinds of procedures such as,
    • Liver Transplant
    • Kidney Transplant
    • Heart Transplant
    • Centre for Bone Marrow Transplant
    • Cancer Centre
    • Centre for Chest & Respiratory Diseases
    • Centre for Child Health
    • Centre for Critical Care
    • Institute for Digestive & Liver Diseases
    • Heart Centre
    • Centre for Neurosciences
    • Institute for Bone, Joint Replacement, Orthopaedics, Spine and Sports Medicine
    • Centre for Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery
    • Centre for Renal Sciences & Kidney Transplant
    • Radiology & Imaging Institute

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

  • Capacity of 333 beds
  • Intensive Care Unit beds
  • Endoscopy beds
  • Day ward with 20 beds
  • 13 Operating Theatres, which includes 1 Neurological operating room, 2 Cardiac operating rooms, 4 Orthopaedic operating rooms, etc.
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • 24/7 Accident & Emergency Department
  • Maternity ward
  • 1 major operating unit with 13 operating rooms inclusive of 1 hybrid theatre
  • In-house Pharmacy
  • Rooms are categorized as Single Signature Rooms, Junior Suite and Regal Suite
  • All patient rooms are equipped with electric safe, LCD, sofa cum bed, wardrobe, radio channels, and much more

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Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences located in Bengaluru, India is accredited by ISO, JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 215 Bedded facility with world-class intensive care units
  • Expanded with 6 heart centers, 19 primary care facilities across India
  • Equipped with Robotic Surgical Platform, dedicated international division, modular operation theatres
  • Major technologies for surgery include TruBeam Linear Accelerator, remote monitoring system, intraoperative portable CT scanner-based spinal navigation, Advanced Digital Orthopedics Suite, Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy
  • State-of-the-art facilities and highly advanced technologies to deliver high-quality laboratory diagnostic services
  • 24-hour critical care units with multidisciplinary ICUs
  • Speciality blood bank facilities
  • High-tech laboratories for all tests and investigations
  • Special wards and rooms for transplant patients

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Fortis Hospital located in Noida, India is accredited by ISO, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital has a capacity of as many as 200 beds.
  • There are also 7 operation rooms.
  • Emergency trauma unit of the hospital is an epitome of excellence.
  • The laboratories are made to make diagnosis and analysis a strong part of the treatment process.
  • Numerous organ transplants have been performed and continued to be performed in this healthcare organization.
  • The dialysis unit of the Fortis Hospital Noida is definitely worth a mention, as is its position as a referral hospital for renal ailment treatments.
  • The critical care procedures of the hospital are a major attraction.
  • The hospital has a smoothly functioning 24/7 Emergency centre and its Cardiac Centre for Excellence is well renowned.

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

  • 150 bedded Hospital
  • Specialty-based clinics
  • Fully-equipped patient rooms

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

  • A 90 bed capacity
  • A multi-specialty healthcare organisation
  • Cutting edge infrastructure that makes it a go to healthcare facility for one and all.
  • The medical, nursing and surgical protocols are upgraded to global criterion.
  • An international patient care destination because of not just the infrastructure, personnel and equipment but personalised services for the international patient base frequenting the facility.
  • 24 Hour services such as
    • Cath-Lab
    • Emergency room
    • Blood Centre
    • Laboratory
    • Pharmacy
    • Endoscopy
    • Radiology
    • Ambulance
    • Operation theater
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Labor and delivery suite
  • In addition to this there are special clinics, blood centre, preventive healthcare, other services such as
    • Nutrition & Dietetics
    • Psychology and counseling services
    • Audiology
    • Physiotherapy
  • Diagnostic Imaging, Operating Theatre, Ambulatory and Day Care, Cafeteria, Nursing Units are present.
  • There are three kinds of patient accommodation such as Rooms (Single/Superior/Double & Five Bed), Intensive Care Unit and High dependency unit.
  • Clinical laboratory outlining Histopathology, Cytology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Clinical pathology is also a part of the hospital.

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FAQ's Related to South Korea

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.