Shared Korean Medical Service
From the 60,000 foreign patients, who visited Korea for medical treatment in 2009. The number has increased annually by about 23% reaching 1 million from 198 countries in 2019.
Most Visited Country in the world(Cumulative annual no. of patients from 2009 to 2019)
*Annual no. of patients: Equivalent to the number plus the number of days of a patient’s multiple medical treatments and hospitalization.
*Actual No. of patients: No. of patients by hospital except multiple medical treatments and visits.
Most Visited Medical Departments
Accumulated from 2009 to 2019
Integrative Internal Medicine22.6%
Obstetrics and Gynecology8.0%
Medical Checkup Service5.2%
Asan Medical Center makes history in liver transplantation - Seven thousand liver transplantationsMORE AMC set a world record of 7,000 liver transplantations as the liver transplantation team successfully performed a living-donor liver transplantation(LDLT) on July 17, 2020. AMC has made history through endless challenges by becoming the world’s first medical institution to perform in modified right lobe LDLT, dual graft LDLT, and ABO-incompatible liver transplantation and Korea’s first to perform pediatric LDLT, ABO-incompatible pediatric LDLT, and simultaneous liver-heart transplantation. Significantly, in January 1999, AMC developed the surgical technique of modified right lobe LDLT for the first time in the world, increasing the number of LDLTs done a year to more than 100 from about 30. The success rate has also significantly improved from 70% to over 95%.
5-year cancer survival rates
For major cancer types, decreased mortality width increased survival rates due to advanced medical technologies such as robots.
※Cancer survival rates (1993–2017), National Cancer Information Center, 2019
5-year posttransplant survival rates
World’s top success rates of organ transplantations such as liver and kidney transplants from living donors.
※Korean Network for Organ Sharing (KONOS) Statistical yearbook, 2018
Samsung Medical Center becomes Asia’s first ventricular arrhythmia surgery training centerMORE To designate a ventricular arrhythmia surgery training center, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC) selects qualified specialists and medical institutions with surgical experiences and skills and grants their qualifications. Since the opening of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Clinic in 2015, SMC continues to offer specialized treatment, focusing on radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA). The clinical pathologists and radiologists participating in arrhythmia surgery in the clinic are arrhythmia specialists, who have been certified for their competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Allied Professional as a part of the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE).
Sevrance Hospital has been named as the top cancer research institution in Korea at the global scientific journal Nature.MORE Yonsei University Medical Center (Yoon, Do-heum, director of medical center) ranked first in research performance among domestic cancer hospitals in the '2020 Top 100 Healthcare Institutions in Cancer Research' released by Nature, one of the world's top three scientific journals. Yonsei University Medical Center ranked 75th place among the world's top 100 medical institutions.
Local prostate cancer can now be treated through electric pulse instead of surgeries by Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital(SSMH)MORE A new type of treatment for local prostate cancer has been introduced. The treatment does not require surgery but can kill cancer cells with a strong electric pulse. The research team of Lee Ji Youl and Park Yong Hyun of the Catholic University of Korea, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, introduced NanoKnife for the first time in Asia. Lee’s team of researchers introduced the new health technology to overcome the limits of treating prostate cancer, which is rapidly increasing among men. The team is practicing new technology in earnest to help treat prostate cancer patients. NanoKnife is a type of local treatment which target prostate patients who are in low or medium risk. 2 to 6 thin electrode needles emit millions of electric pulses per second around cancer cells and destroy them with nano-scale holes. The holes trigger the cancer cells’ molecule balance to collapse and make them die gradually, which eventually eliminates cancer.
At Korea University Anam Hospital, Famous Mongolian Musician Couple, Husband's Life Saved with Wife’s Liver with Successful liver transplantationMORE Famous Mongolian pianists Chinbat and his wife Sarnai went home after liver transplantation at Korea University Anam Hospital. Chinbat is a composer, pianist, and music producer in Mongolia, and Sarnai is a member of Sweetymotion, a Mongolian girl group. The health of Chinbat who had been suffering from Hepatitis B in Mongolia suddenly deteriorated and needed a liver transplant. Health care providers of the National Cancer Center of Mongolia suggested the couple going to the Anam Hospital for successful liver transplantation.
Yeson ENT(Ear,Nose & Throat) clinic,cure Kazakhstan pediatric patient with laryngeal papilloma.MORE Yeson ENT undertook free medical treatment for Teya Akhmedova (3 years old), a Kazakhstan, who diagnosed with laryngeal papilloma. At the age of 18 months,Teya went emergency room by developing difficulty breathing. She was diagnosed with laryngeal papilloma, recurrent disease, and underwent surgery but her symptoms were not alleviated. She was recommended to Yeson Voice Center in Korea for surgery as her recurrent dyspnea was difficult to treat in Kazakhstan.