Korean Medical Tourism Hits Wave 4.0

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12/24/2012 | By: Guest Contributor

The most shining star in Asia’s sky today is South Korea, a country with Seoul and plastic surgery.

An Asian dragon taking the medical tourism by storm, South Korea is distinguished by its modern and oriental medicine, cutting edge facilities, affordable pricing and state-of-the-art IT infrastructure.

Recent government reforms to both tourism and medical regulations are making traveling to South Korea for medical and plastic surgery purposes a favorable choice for international patients.

Traveling for plastic surgery South Korea is a spiking trend among Asian patients and other medical tourist travelers from the Middle East and Europe.

Plastic surgeons of South Korea are popular for their outstanding skills. This is reflected on the far shorter surgery and treatment times, which cater to patients who are on short-term visits to South Korea.

According to a market-research survey of international patients visiting Korea for medical tourism, 48% cited “the quality of medical service and technology” as their number one reason for choosing South Korea.  

South Korea’s plastic surgeons are specialized in a wide spectrum of body contouring treatments to achieve well-defined contours and improve patients’ overall physique.  

Among the most requested treatments of body surgery in Asia include breast implants South Korea, tummy tuck Seoul and facelift.

In spite of Korea’s leading precedence in plastic surgery procedures medical services for serious, debilitating illnesses are also growing at a record pace. The Korean government forecasts 1 million foreign medical visitors by the year 2020.

According to Forbes Custom.com, studies revealed that medical tourists travel to South Korea for reasons ranged from plastic surgery, spinal care, heart care and prostrate treatments.

To meet the growing demands of medical tourists, the Korean government has established a dedicated organization to regulate and promote its medical tourism facilities.

The Korea Tourism Organization is ready to welcome such rising demand. Deputy Director for KTO’s Medical Tourism Center, Hyungtaek Lim, told Forbes Custom, “Korea has one of the most specialized medical industries in the world, with highly advanced technologies,”

He added, “In addition, doctors must undergo a rigorous 11-year training period before they are able to specialize.”

Another factor that keeps Korea on the cutting edge is its advanced IT infrastructure. It is one the world’s pioneering countries in Internet speed and accessibility, providing a wide range of one-stop multilingual medical services online.  

For a trusted source to undergo a safe medical surgery in Korea, the KTO web site will act as a mediator between you and plastic surgery clinics in Korea, offering you a series of guidelines on medical tourism in Korea and a wealth of resourceful information from participating medical institutions.

The main tourist information (TIC) in the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) headquarters in Seoul offers valuable travel material about Korea including maps, leaflets, tips and other promotional material at no charge.

Travelers can obtain information on tourist attractions, accommodations, dining spots from professionals fluent in English, Japanese and Chinese.  

If you want to delve deep in Korea’s history and heritage; you can browse travel-related books and data at the Tourism Technology Library or visit the souvenir shop and Hallyu zone.

The Korea Tourism Organization currently operates 4 Tourist Information Centers, one at each of the following locations: downtown Seoul (B1 of the KTO Headquarters), the Incheon International Airport, Gimhae International Airport (Busan), and the Jeju International Airport.


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