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EXCELLENT MEDICAL KOREA

Outstanding Medical Technology
Five-year cancer survival relative rates (2013–2017)

For major cancer types, there was a decreased mortality rate with increased survival rate
because of advanced medical technologies, such as robots.

  • Thyroid
    cancer

    100.1%

  • Prostate
    cancer

    91.9%

  • Breast
    cancer

    91.2%

  • Kidney
    cancer

    78.6%

  • Colorectal
    cancer

    73.9%

  • Stomach
    cancer

    68.4%

* Cancer survival rates (1993–2017), National Cancer Information Center, 2020

Five-year post-transplant survival rates

It obtains the records of the world’s top success rates of organ transplantations, such as liver
and kidney transplants from living donors.

  • Kidney transplant

    94.7%

  • Pancreas transplant

    92.8%

  • Liver transplant

    77.8%

  • Heart transplant

    76.3%

※ Korean Network for Organ Sharing (KONOS) Statistical yearbook, 2018

More foreign patients are annually visiting Korea for difficult treatments, including a living-donor
liver transplant (Israel), a test-tube baby (UAE), spinal disease (US), reconstructive rhinoplasty
(Mongolia), osteosarcoma (Peru), and in vitro fertilization (China).

  • Test-tube baby procedure (UAE)

    A Middle Eastern couple, who had been unable to conceive naturally, gave birth to twins through a test-tube baby
    procedure in Korea.

  • Reconstructive rhinoplasty
    (Mongolia)

    A Mongolian patient, who had suffered from a congenital
    closure of nostrils, has been able to breathe by himself after a reconstructive rhinoplasty in Korea.

  • In vitro fertilization (China)

    A Chinese patient, who had difficulty conceiving naturally
    because of the resection of her fallopian tubes, gave birth to a daughter through in vitro
    fertilization in Korea.

Exceptional Medical Infrastructure
High Ranks on Health Care Service
Infrastructure in OECD Index
Total number of hospital beds

(Per 1,000 population)

  • Korea

    12.3 beds

  • OECE

    4.7 beds

Total number of
acute care hospital beds

(Per 1,000 population)

  • Korea

    7.1 beds

  • OECE

    3.6 beds

Number of CT scanners

(Per 1 million population)

  • Korea

    38.2 units

  • OECE

    27.8 units

Number of MRI units

(Per 1 milion population)

  • Korea

    29.1 units

  • OECE

    17.4 units

※ OECD Health Statistics 2019

Highest Life Expectance

High-tech medical technologies and precise health examination allowed disease prevention and
early diagnoses.

Life expectancy in 2030
Top 1 in 35 countries
  • Men

    84.07
  • Women

    90.82

※ The Lancet, “Future life expectancy in 35 industrialized countries:
Projections with a Bayesian model ensemble” (2017)