South Korea’s tourism organizations are planning to attract more foreign medical tourists in an effort to capitalize on the country’s rapidly growing tourism industry.
According to data by the state-run Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO), the number of foreign health tourists to South Korea is estimated at 150,000 in 2012, up 25 percent from 120,000 a year ago.
South Korea has become the destination of choice for medical tourists seeking medical treatments that are both affordable and advanced.
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The South Korea’s health care system is considered one of the best in Asia.
The promotional initiative funded jointly by the Korean government and 28 private hospitals has contributed to a significant up-tick in the number of foreign patients, rising from 10,000 to 13,000 in just 2 years.
It is a fast-growing medical tourism hub and home to state-of-the-art specialty clinics in the world providing world-class expertise and warm hospitality.
The country’s general health office is called the Ministry of Health and Welfare. It works with the government and other health agencies in the country to enforce policies regarding public health and safety.
Public and private employees are covered by a sound health care system, as mandated by the government.
Hospitals and medical care centers are consistently updated and upgraded to keep up with the increasing demands of medical tourists.
The office of Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea is dedicated to finding ways to enhance patients’ quality of life, fostering health among children and adults and providing them with long-term care insurance for the elderly, while maintaining preventive medical care and affordable treatment programs.
Even long before the advent of South Korea’s burgeoning medical tourism business; the country is a well-established tourism hub in Asia, drawing tourists from neighboring Asia countries, the US and Europe.
Over 30 South Korean hospitals and clinics are member provides under the Council for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion (CKMOP).
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