Shared Korean Medical Services

From the 60,000 foreign patents who visited Korea for medical treatment in 2009, the number has increased annually by about 23%, reaching 1.88 million from 190 countries.
(Cumulative annual no. : 5.1 million)

Most Visited Country in the world

(Cumulative annual no. of patients from 2009 to 2017)

* 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 2017)

2017 Medical Tourism Statistic Analysis Report, KHIDI (2018)

Korean Medical Training Program

Foreign medical professionals are visiting Korea to learn its leading medical technologies. Medical staffs from 31 countries have completed the Korean Medical Training Program in 2007-2018.

Foreign Medical Staffs under Domestic Training Programs

※ No. of trainees who completed or are under
training programs (2007-2018)

Medical Charity Program

The invitation of 360 patients from 26 countries is a part of our dedication to spreading our philanthropic culture: sharing medical services to support treatments.


Outstanding Medical Technology

5-year cancer survival rates

For major cancer types, decreased mortality with increased survival rates due to advanced medical technologies such as robots.

※ International Comparison of Cancer Survival Rates, NCIC, 2017

5-year posttransplant survival rates

World’s top success rates of organ transplantations such as liver and kidney transplants from living donors.

2017 Medical Tourism Statistic Analysis Report, KHIDI (2018)

Mortality from ischaemic
heart disease
Lowest among
OECD member countries

More foreign patients are annually visiting Korea for difficult treatments, including a living-donor liver transplant (Israel), a test-tube baby (UAE), spinal disease (US), reconstructive rhinoplasty (Mongolia), osteosarcoma (Peru), and in vitro fertilization (China).

Exceptional Medical Infrastructure

High Ranks on Healthcare Service Infrastructure in OECD Index

※ OECD-Wide Comparison (OECD Health at a Glance 2017)

The Highest Life Expectance

High-tech medical technologies and precise health examination have allowed for disease prevention and early diagnoses.

※ The Lancet, “Future life expectancy in 35 industrialized countries:
Projections with a Bayesian model ensemble” (2017)


Registration System for Medical Institutions

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has started enforcing the registration system in 2009 for the institutions, which serve foreign patients in Korea, and it made the medical malpractice liability insurance mandatory in 2016. All of these is made to secure safer and higher-quality Korean medical services for foreign patients.

Transparent Medical Services without Illegal Brokerage

Korea strives to enhance the transparency of its medical services by sentencing illegal brokers to up to three years in prison or fining them up to USD 27,000. It also offers a reward of up to USD 9,000 to those who report unauthorized brokers.

Korean Accreditation Program for Hospitals Serving Foreign Patients (KAHF)

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has enforced the Korean Accreditation Program for Hospitals Serving Foreign Patients (KAHF) to evaluate the quality of medical services provided by medical institutions (treatment, infection control, etc.) and nonmedical services (interpretation and the prevention of medical disputes).

Evaluation System

Logo and certificate

Patient Safety System for surgical, procedures, emergency reponses, etc.
[520*/ 94 items each for hospital- and cliniclevel
medical institutions]

Customized Services for Foreign Patients such as medical specialists, a patient’s rights, etc.
[59 items for hospital-/clinic-level medical institutions]

Medical Institutions are designated through the strict evaluation of various test items.

* Accreditation of medical institutions pursuant to Article 58 of the Medical Service Act

Check Accredited Medical Institutions at www.visitmedicalkorea.com!


Medical Korea Information Center

Medical Korea Information Center provides information and consultation services in five languages (English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic) on medical services related to the Korean health-care system, medical interpretation.

One-Stop Service for the use of Medical Services

Consultations on Foreign Patients’ Complaints

How to get to Medical Korea Information Center


Introduction of KHIDI

As a government-affiliated institution under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, KHIDI(Korea Health Industry Development Institute) performs professional and systematic support to develop the domestic health industry and enhance health services.