HOME   >   Medical Korea   >   Why Korea?   >   Why Korea?

Medical Korea

Print this page

Why Korea?


Registration System for Medical Institutions

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has started enforcing the registration system in 2009 for the
institutions serving foreign patients in Korea, making way for the development of the medical
malpractice liability insurance mandatory in 2016.
All of these is made to secure safer and higher quality Korean medical services for foreign patients.

Transparent Medical Services without Illegal Brokerage

Korea strives to enhance the transparency of its medical services by sentencing illegal brokers up to
three years in prison or fining them up to USD 27,000. A reward of up to USD 9,000 is also offered to
those who report unauthorized brokers.

A reward of up to USD 9,000
for reporting illegal brokerage
Korean Accreditation Program for Hospitals Serving
Foreign Patients (KAHF)

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has enforced the Korean Accreditation Program for Hospitals Serving
Foreign Patients (KAHF) to evaluate the quality of medical services provided by medical institutions
(treatment, infection control, etc.)
and nonmedical services (interpretation and the prevention of medical disputes).

Top-Tier medical institutions
selected by evaluation
35 standards · 153 items
Reliable Medical Environments
Evaluation System
Specialized Foreign Patient Services
  • Medical Tourism Performance
    and Operating System
  • Medical Specialists
  • Respect for a Patient’s Rights and
    Medical Dispute Prevention
Patient Safety System
  • Safety Guarantee
  • Patient
  • Medicine
  • Infection
  • Facility and

※ KAHF: Korean Accreditation Program For Hospitals Serving Foreign Patients

Logo and certificate
Patient Safety System for surgical, procedures,
emergency responses, etc. [520*/ 94 items each for hospital- and clinic-level
medical institutions]
ustomized Services for Foreign Patients
such as medical specialists, patients’ rights, etc. [59 items for hospital-/clinic-level medical institutions] Medical Institutions are designated through the
strict evaluation of various test items.

*Accreditation of medical institutions pursuant
to Article 58 of the Medical Service Act

Check Accredited Medical Institutions
at www.visitmedicalkorea.com!