Korea: Cosmetic and Beauty Procedure Mecca
Korea has a reputation for excellent healthcare and ranks high in many diagnosis and treatment areas in comparison with Europe, Canada and the USA. Korea can provide qualified diagnosis and treatment for the full range of diseases and has also become known for its strength as a location for cosmetic and beauty procedures.
Korea is a relative newcomer to the medical tourism world, but has made some of the most decisive moves in the industry. The government identified medical tourism as a growth sector and has systematically addressed the potential concerns of medical tourists and Korean citizens by favorably modifying malpractice laws and medical visa policies, monitoring medical tourism providers, and establishing a medical tourism center with 24 hour multi-lingual support. As a result, the number of medical tourists has increased from a low of 7,900 in 2007 to 120,000 in 2011 and continues to grow rapidly. Prices, according to the Korean government site are overall 20-30% of the cost in the US, less expensive than international hospitals in China and similar to the price of private hospitals in Singapore.
According to the Korea Tourism Organization website,
the advantages of Korean medical service include:
- Highly accomplished doctors. Only 0.5% of medical students pass the necessary exams and go on to become practicing professionals.
- Surprisingly Affordable prices
- Healing Environment
- Comprehensive Health Exams
- Aesthetic Surgery
- Oriental Medicine
- Dental Care
- Infertility Treatment