Center of Medical Excellence
In 2016, a total of 364,189 medical tourists visited Korea, which represents a 22.6 percent increase compared to the previous year. Out of these tourists, 216,657 people (59.5 percent) traveled to Seoul. The city of Seoul has a total of 21,507 healthcare organizations (KOSIS, 2015). Among them, 14 are advanced level hospitals, which is almost a third of the 43 that are distributed throughout the country (Korea Health Industry Development Institute, 2014). These healthcare organizations are playing a leading role in the medical field, providing a high level of medical expertise. As the data indicates, Seoul medical tourism is playing a leading role in the medical field, providing a high level of medical expertise.
Medical institutions in Seoul offer all specialties in various forms to allow foreign patients to receive medical care in all areas. From clinics to JCI accredited hospitals, western medicine, and Korean medicinal clinics, the city offers a wide range of medical products that can satisfy the diverse needs of patients. With the concentration of many registered businesses for foreign patients inducement projects (1,227 businesses in Seoul, 1,924 in the country), foreign patients are able to receive information on medical tour programs without difficulty (Korea Health Industry Development Institute, 2015).
Seoul offers a variety of products that integrate medical care and wellness. Major wellness attractions include spas, which harmonize the world’s best IT infrastructure and modern facilities, with the atmosphere of a temple stay, and healing effects of jjimjilbangs.
Seoul is located about an hour’s drive away, approximately 60 km, from Incheon International Airport. It is highly accessible through a variety of public transportation systems. The city is developing into a ‘one-stop destination’, where foreign patients can quickly and easily visit medical institutions from arrival to departure.
Today, Seoul has become a global city with diverse collection of foreign visitors. The number of foreigners residing in Seoul amounts to 270,636 (Seoul Statistics website, 2017) and includes people of various nationalities including the United States, China, and Japan. Seoul is a safe city where all manners of ethnicities and cultures interact.
Seoul Medical Tour Help Desk
The Seoul Medical Tour Help Desk provides comprehensive information services for medical tourists in Korea regarding medical care, tourist and wellness attractions.
-One-Stop Center for Medical Consultations
From arrival to departure and everything in between, the Seoul Medical Help Desk is there to provide a one-stop service. For safe and trustworthy help, turn to the Seoul Medical Help Desk. It doesn't matter if it's a medical consultation or queries about tourist hot spots, the Help Desk can help!
-Provider of Information on Medical Services
The Seoul Medical Tour Help Desk provides information on the various services offered by the Seoul Medical Tourism Alliance's hospitals and doctors. Making a reservation or having a consultation is that much faster and easier with the Help Desk's help.
-Provider of Information on Wellness Attractions
A medical tour course with medical care plus restaurant and tourist recommendations is a given. The Help Desk also introduces visitors to products from partner businesses and wellness service providers.
-Medical Support for Seoul's Foreign Patients
One of the many ways that Seoul offers support to foreign patients is with medical tourism coordinators. There are 10 languages on offer and there are currently 92 coordinators available to support foreign patients during their treatment courses. Additionally, members of the Seoul Medical Tourism Alliance offer a pick up service for foreign patients.
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