The international medical service industry is considered a new growth engine industry. Leisure, culture and tourism have been combined with medical services, creating a great value-added effect, becoming a future strategic industry. Many countries in Southeast Asia are already benefiting from medical tourism, and Korea has made its first step to become another rising medical hub in Asia. We take a look at Korea's current place in the medical tourism industry, its potential and strategies.
Patients around the globe flock to Korea.
Wooridul Hospital is famous for its advanced technology in treating spinal disorders. Over 1,000 patients from 50 countries come for treatment, while medical doctors come to learn new technology. We take a look at foreign patients who have come to be treated at the ANACLI Clinic made famous by the Hallyu trend and advanced medical technology, the Ian Eye Center which holds the technology for the world's most advanced microincisional cataract surgery and Yeson Voice Center, a leader in the specialized field of voice. We also introduce the Samsung Cancer Center, the largest advanced cancer medical center in Asia.
The international medical service industry reaches $60 billion
750,000 Americans traveled abroad for medical service in 2007 due to the high costs of medical insurance and many limits to the medical system. We visited the US, a major market for Asian countries that offer more affordable medical treatment and advanced medical service. We take a look at the medical service in Singapore and its future strategies as Asia's most well known medical hub and pioneer in the medical tourism industry.
Becoming a medical hub through Korean technology
The challenge to become a medical hub greatly influences Korea's national brand image. How should Korea improve its competitiveness in order to compete with Asia's medical hubs Singapore and Thailand? The East-West Neo Medical Center combines Korea's unique tourism infrastructure with Eastern medicine treatment in its physical exams. Advanced medical technology at affordable costs and the ubiquitous health care market of the IT powerhouse of Korea hold the answers.