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The South Korean government announced medical tourism as one of its 17 next-generation growth engines. It set the goal to create a medical tourism boom following countries such as Thailand, Singapore and India. Following suit, local governments including Jeju Island plan to build health care clusters for medical tourism to attract foreign patients. Last year, South Korea earned about US$48 million from medical tourism, attracting 40,000 foreign patients.

The hospital system in South Korea mainly belongs to the private sector. In terms of medical facilities, private hospitals and clinics account for 92.6 percent of all facilities. In terms of the number of beds, private hospitals and clinics make up 87.4 percent of the beds.

The investment in education, training, facilities and infrastructure in South Korea is immense, and the Medical Tourist will benefit from state-of-the-art medical equipment and kind, compassionate nature the Koreans are so famous for.

Hallym University Medical Center

Hallym University Medical Center was first established in 1971. It has today become one of the biggest healthcare companies in South Korea. It now comprises more than 3,600 inpatients beds, 4,600 health care professionals, and 430 medical faculties. The hospital has five general hospitals and a medical school. Pricing is very competitive to Thailand and India for top quality care.

Samsung Medical Center and Hospital Group

Samsung Medical Center was launched on 1994. This hospital, which occupies a total of 2.1 million square feet, has 1,278 beds. It employs 900 doctors and 1,100 nurses working in 40 departments, 8 specialty care centers and 100 specialized clinics. SMC is well-known for its extensive diagnostic infrastructure, which includes Samsung Medical Information System (SMIS), Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), Clinical Laboratory Automation System and Logistics Automation System. The hospital has a well-established international department, which treats an average of 7,000 international patients each year.