Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, also known as KUIMS, is a multidisciplinary medical facility in Seoul (capital of South Korea).
KUIMS is a first and only global center that combines different medical approaches in one facility — international medicine with the traditional one.
Oncology, medical check-ups, orthopedics, and dentistry are the leading specialties at Kyung Hee University Medical Center.
The center is a medical partner of the FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan and is recognized as an outstanding facility by WHO and UNICEF.
1,500,000 patient visit KUIMS annually.
BGN Clinic is a private medical center for eye treatment in Busan, South Korea.
The Clinic specializes in vision correction, cataract and glaucoma treatment, eye retina operations. Such state-of-the-art techniques are available here: LASIK, LASEK, Smile lasers, implantable contact lens surgery (ICL).
Specialists of the Clinic have already performed over 346,000 vision correction operations.
BGN Clinic is popular among patients from the USA and Europe.
Severance Hospital in Korea is an international multidisciplinary clinic at Yonsei University, located in Seoul South Korea. Yonsei Severance Hospital's Health System includes: oncology and rehabilitation centers, pediatric and women's clinics, cardiovascular center and Clinic of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. The Hospital has been certified by JCI (Joint Commission International) and serves 1.6 million outpatients annually.
Samsung Medical Center is a prominent multidisciplinary hospital in South Korea that has repetitively received many awards in customer satisfaction and services quality. It has a special status of “Hospital of presidential standards”. A part of Samsung Medical Complex, Comprehensive Cancer Center provides the most thorough treatment for cancer patients using state-of-the-art equipment: Novalis, IGRT (image-guided radiation therapy), Da Vinci surgical system, etc.
Ewha Woman's University Medical Center (EUMC) is a multidisciplinary hospital for women only. It's located in Seoul, South Korea.
The treatment of breast, thyroid, urogenital cancers, and joint replacement — are the clinic's top specialties.
Ewha doctors focus on the aesthetic results of the procedures. They perform minimally invasive operations through small incisions so that woman does not get large scars.
Patients from Europe, Russia, China, and the United Arab Emirates choose Ewha Medical Center every year.
Treatment in South Korea
South Korea is one of the leading Asian countries on medicine development. Because of the accelerated tempo of the state development, one of the advanced healthcare systems of the world was established. South Korean government provides the permanent support in medicine and carries out the strict control of the medical services quality. Because of such an approach, Korean hospitals have high-qualified professionals, who use the newest medical equipment for diagnostics and treatment. Due to several modern types of diagnostic equipment per capita, South Korean medical institutions are well ahead of such countries as Canada, Finland and France. The quality of all medications, applied while the treatment, is under governmental control as well. One of the best indicators of South Korean medicine is the high life expectancy in the country.
Peculiarities of South Korean medicine
The basis of South Korean medicine are the approaches and the principles of the Evidence-Based Medicine, i.e. the concept of application of those diagnostic and treatment methods, which efficiency is proven by research. Therefore, South Korean doctors hold the biggest number of the medical research in the world. This allows developing both new, modern treatment approaches, and significant improving of the traditional ones.
One of the peculiarities of South Korean medicine is the harmonious synergy of the western and eastern treatment methods. Ancient medical practices typical for the entire eastern medicine are widely used in South Korea, as well as the specific Korean methods. Their application alongside with the modern high-tech methods allow significant widening of the treatment approaches and efficiency improvement.
How does the foreign patient get the treatment in South Korean?
Bookimed company adviser would assist you to organize the treatment in South Korea. The company works with mostly all the famous South Korean medical centers and assists to pass all the required procedures promptly, including:
- Delivery of disease anamnesis and results of diagnostics to certain doctors of South Korean medical centers
- Development of the treatment programs and informing of the treatment procedures costs
- Selection of the best matching treatment program
Having selected the medical center, medical visa is issued to let the foreign patient arrive to South Korea for the treatment. One should make the personal medical e-card just after the arrival, containing all the results of held tests, carried procedures and other information relevant to the treatment.
Mainstreams of the treatment in South Korea
The foreign patients have a special interest in the following treatment:
- Plastic surgery
- Treatment of diseases of the cardio-vascular system;
- Robotic surgical systems.
South Korean medicine has reached significant success in treatment of the oncologic diseases and orthopedics, especially in grafting of knee and hip joints. South Korean doctors do not have any competitors all over the world in such surgeries, like implantation of artificial cochlea.
Visa issues and accommodation during the treatment in South Korea
South Korea does not require any visas for the short-term stay, i.e. up to 2 months according to the Decree on this issue as of Jan. 1, 2014. The following documents are required for the border crossing:
- Return ticket
- Document to prove the solvency, i.e. printed hotel booking confirmation, tourist voucher
- Migration card
- Customs declaration
If the treatment in South Korea takes more time, the medical visa is required then. The following documents should be submitted to the Consulate of Republic of Korea:
- Visa issue confirmation, i.e. the document submitted by the selected medical center in South Korea
The level of prices in South Korea is a little higher than in Israel, but it is significantly lower than in Germany. For instance, lunch at the standard brasserie would cost about 3 USD per person.
The accommodation options in South Korea are available according to the personal wishes and financial opportunities. The chains of such famous hotels as Ritz Carlton, Renaissance and Hyatt operate in big South Korean cities. If you are on a budget, the local hotels Yeogwan are available for you with the rooms of 30 USD per night, or the hostels with the price up to 20 USD per night.
- Translation services
- Transfer to the treatment destination
- Assistance etc.
It is important to emphasize the interpreter availability. The people of South Korea speak Korean and usually do not have a good command of English. There is also a lack of signs and shields with double language inscriptions in the streets and in stores.
Disadvantages of treatment in South Korea
Cost for treatment in South Korea
The price level for the medical services at South Korean medical centers is 20-30% lower for the similar ones in USA or Western Europe. The locals have the option of the medical insurance to cover 60-80% of the treatment expenditures. Besides that, State Insurance Corporation controls the cost for treatment of the people of South Korea to keep the prices of the medical centers on a certain level with no increase.
Bookimed company offer the same service for its patients. The experts of the company would carry out the revision of the treatment program bill of South Korean medical centers free-of-charge and would approve the justification of costs.
South Korean medical centers
The foreign patients are allowed to treat at the public medical centers of South Korea as of 2009. It significantly broads the choice availabilities. The most famous medical centers are:
- Samsung – one of the best multidisciplinary medical centers in South Korea located in Seoul. It contains 40 departments and 120 centers. The main directions of the medical center activity is the treatment of oncologic, cardio-vascular and neurologic diseases, as well as the organs transplantation. Samsung medical center has the status of Presidential Standards Hospital.
- Gil – famous multidisciplinary Korean hospital of Gachon University (Incheon). Founded in 1958 as the medical center special for females. Nowadays aside from Department for Gynecology, the medical center has Department for Cardiology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Dental Center and Center for Emergency Medical Care. Innovative medical research and development is held at the medical center as well.
My father was put a diagnosis of the lung cancer at the latter stage. The urgent surgery was required, while our hospital had a queue for a month in advance. Hence, we decided to treat in South Korea. My parents arrived at Seoul where the Russian-speaking representative met them and transferred to the hospital immediately. All required tests were held in two hours and the surgery was carried out within three days. My father stayed at the hospital for two more weeks. He told the entire staff had been very caring with no language barrier as the interpreters were available through all the time. He has had all the courses of chemo; the condition is satisfactory right now. Korean doctors are real professionals.
What is the cost of treatment in Republic of Korea?
|Blepharoplasty (eyelid correction)||$750 - $6600|
|Rhinoplasty (nose job)||$2350 - $8000|
|Liposuction||$2000 - $24500|
|Chemotherapy||$1000 - $4000|
|In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)||$5500 - $11000|
|well woman check-up||$680 - $6000|
|Check up for men||$540 - $6000|
|basic check-up||$540 - $1350|
|Premium Check up||$1200 - $8650|
|Ultrasound||$130 - $430|
Gachon University Gil Medical Center is a multidisciplinary hospital, providing medical services of the international level and is a leading hospital not only Korea, but also in Asia. Gil Hospital is located in the heart of Incheon at 1 hour drive from Incheon International Airport.
JK is No.1 clinic for international patients looking for cosmetic surgeries in South Korea as of KAHF*. Over 6,000 medical tourists visit JK Plastic Surgery Clinic to get safe facial surgeries, body contouring, and anti-aging therapies with stem cells. The success rate of all procedures performed in the hospital is 100%.
It is a premium center with 20-years history and numerous awards. The JK medical team accounts over 85,000 of plastic procedures according to the world quality standards. It is the best option for those who want to get excellent services in comfortable conditions and enjoy new appearance.
*Korean Accreditation Program for Hospitals Serving Foreign Patients
Wooridul Hospital is a specialized network of hospitals with experience in treating more than 30 years, which is a world leader in the treatment of diseases of the spine today. Wooridul Hospital meets the highest international standards. It is an international hospital is the best of the World by the Medical Tourism Association.
Asan Hospital (Asan Medical Center) is the largest multidisciplinary medical center in South Korea, which can serve 2,700 patients at once.
The key specialties in the hospital are organ transplant, oncology, cardiology, and cardiac surgery. Almost half of all heart transplants in South Korea are carried out (45%) at Asan. The success of organ transplants ranges from 90%.
Every day, 11,800 outpatients and 2,550 inpatients are treated in Asan Hospital. Medical tourists from the USA, China, the UAE, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia choose Asan Hospital.
View Plastic Surgery is a clinic for cosmetic procedures in South Korea.
View doctors specialize in face, nose, eyes, breast, belly cosmetic, and lifting procedures.
Combined surgery is the main specialty of the clinic. During one intervention, surgeons can perform 4-5 procedures to change the patient’s appearance.
Doctors achieve perfect face and body contours due to 3D-modelling. You can see the results of plastic surgeries performed at View below.
The Kangbuk Samsung Center was opened in 1968. Today it is the largest medical center in Korea. The Clinic provides world-class services by international standards. It is one of the top 10 medical institutions in the country according to the Ministry of Health in South Korea.
The Center cooperates with the Johns Hopkins University (USA) in research and education. The Center is situated in the middle of Seoul, near City Hall and many popular tourist sites.
S-Plant Dental Hospital is an outstanding specialized medical facility in Seoul, South Korea.
Dental implants, crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, and root canal treatments are the primary focuses of S-Plant Dental.
Over 23,000 dental implants have been performed for 11 years of S-Plant doctors practice.
Dentists use the uniquely designed 3D-modeling method to perform surgeries. It helps to reduce the risk of complications and speed up recovery.
International patients from 40 countries choose S-plant Dental Hospital. Most of them are from South Asia.
Gangnam Severance Hospital is a large multidisciplinary medical center in Seoul, South Korea. The hospital specializes in oncology, neurosurgery, neurology, cardiology, and check-up (complex diagnostics).
Gangnam Severance Hospital has received JCI accreditation, a global organization that evaluates the clinics across the globe for safety and high-quality medical services. That means the hospital complies with international healthcare standards.
The hospital is the 1st in South Korea to perform lung transplant.
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital is one of the most innovative multidisciplinary medical centers in Korea.
It is the 1st digital hospital in the country. The hospital is equipped witg BESTcare system that allows avoiding medical errors, improving treatment safety and effectiveness.
Bundang specializes in general and abdominal surgery, oncology, orthopedics and traumatology.
1,500,000 patients undergo treatment at in hospital every year.
South Korean Kang Dong Hospital is one of the best advanced medical centers in the field of orthopedics. It is one of the first hospital which began to practice multi-pronged approach to the treatment of orthopedic disorders in the world. Specialized Orthopedic Hospital uses the most modern technology, providing a full range of orthopedic services for the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, rehabilitation of injuries and all types of damages joints and spine.
Aesthetic medicine and cosmetology
St. Mary’s Hospital Seoul is a large multidisciplinary medical center in South Korea. The main specialties are oncology, hematology, organ transplant, cardiovascular surgery, and check-up. The hospital was the first in South Korea for liver, small bowel and cornea transplants. St. Mary’s Hospital in Korea is ranked the 5th in the world for successful bone marrow transplants.
30,000 international patients get treatment annually here.
Aesthetic medicine and cosmetology
Banobagi is a plastic and aesthetic clinic in Seoul, South Korea.
The clinic specializes in face and body plastic surgery, rejuvenation with stem cells.
Banobagi is an official medical center of a popular Asian show — Let Me In. The participants of this show change their appearance at Banobagi.
2,000 people choose Banobagi for plastic surgery each year.
Patients from the USA, China, Vietnam, Thailand, etc. pick Banobagi.
Seoul National University Hospital Healthcare System Gangnam Center (SNUH Gangnam Center) is a private multidisciplinary clinic on the Seoul National University premises. The medical center provides the full body examination (check-up) of any type. Doctors determine the risk of cancer, brain pathologies, heart and gastrointestinal pathologies occurring.
Learn which is the best check-up for you below.
A patient undergoes the diagnosis for 1 day; the results are ready within 5-7 days. Patients from 80 countries visit SNUH Gangnam Center to check the health condition annually.
CHA Fertility Center is the largest medical facility for infertility treatment in Asia. The clinic is located in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
CHA doctors specialize in IVF, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to identify the defects in embryos and choose the healthy ones; preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) to study the embryo during IVF and help to have a healthy baby; male infertility treatments.
Medical staff provide international patients with VIP services. Personal manager accompanies each patient at all stages of treatment.
Over 20,000 couples have children with the help of CHA Fertility Clinic.
Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) is the leading multidisciplinary state facility in the capital of South Korea. The President of the country receives treatment here.
Since 2004, SNUH has been digitalized completely — all data about patients is stored in the electronic system.
The hospital shows the highest statistics for cancer treatment in South Korea. Other SNUH key specialties are neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery, pediatrics, and organ transplant.
Seoul University Hospital serves 10,700 patients every day on average.