Korean medical service offers a one-stop medical service system, which is a unique fusion of advanced IT technology and an efficient process system. In addition, Korea is equipped with world-class state-of-the-art medical equipment.
In the case of liver transplant, the annual number of
liver transplant in Korea is 1,066 (based on 2010). This
procedure requires a high level of technical skill and the
success rate in Korea is 96 percent. This is the world's
highest success rate for liver transplants-- far higher than
most developed countries that have an average of 88 percent of
success rates. The cost of medical
services in Korea is very low despite the high level of
medical technology. For example, the cost of expensive
treatments for heart related diseases and joint replacements
are 1/3 of USA’s costs and 2/3 of Japan’s costs. Korea’s
technology and price competitiveness is in the top rank
among OECD countries. Korea ranks second out of the 34
countries in medical facility and equipment, fourth in
medical service and ninth in the technology.
In tourism, the growth of K-culture such as K-pop,
K-beauty, K-fashion, etc. is giving a positive effect on
medical tourism in Korea. The combination of medical
service and tourism is gaining popularity worldwide as an
innovative tourism program, making Korea one of the
world’s most popular destinations for medical tourism.