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J Cosmet Med 2017; 1(1): 25-29

Published online June 30, 2017

https://doi.org/10.25056/JCM.2017.1.1.25

Characteristics of cosmetic medical tourism in Korea

Chang-Won Koh, MD, PhD

Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Sheik Khalifa Specialty Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence to :
Chang-Won Koh, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Sheik Khalifa Specialty Hospital, Al Shohadaa Road, Truck Road, Ras Al Khaimah (P.O.BOX 6365), United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971-7-244-4444, E-mail: kcwbnl@gmail.com

Received: December 9, 2016; Revised: March 30, 2017; Accepted: March 30, 2017

© Korean Society of Korean Cosmetic Surgery

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0), which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

This review explores strategies to promote medical tourism in Korea through assessing the characteristics of cosmetic medical tourism selection by nationality, visiting clinics, and consumption tendency. It also discusses several issues regarding the medical tourism market in Korea, such as patient safety, patient satisfaction, medical visas, tax refunds, and legal aspects. The author reviewed articles that involved the cosmetic medical tourism in korea and summarized their findings. In 2015, the number of foreign pathients was 296,889, registering an increase of 11.1% compared to that of the previous year. This increasing trend has been registered since 2009, with an overall increase of 30.5% between 2009 and 2015. The number of registered medical institutions was 3,013 and that of medical tourism agencies 1,666 in 2016. In 2015, cosmetic surgery reported the highest total amount of medical costs from foreign patients, followed by internal medicine, general surgery, and medical checkups in this order. The government of South Korea supports medical tourism policies through programs that include the accreditation of medical institutions, issuance of medical visas, tax refunds, and assistance for medical dispute resolution. Recently, in an effort to support medical tourism through a systematic approach, the institution of MEDICAL KOREA was established in 2016. Various measures taken by the government are expected to help activate and promote medical tourism by ensuring quality medical services to be provided to medical tourists.

Keywords: medical tourism, medical tour, Korea, cosmetic, MEDICAL KOREA

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Article

Review Article

J Cosmet Med 2017; 1(1): 25-29

Published online June 30, 2017 https://doi.org/10.25056/JCM.2017.1.1.25

Copyright © Korean Society of Korean Cosmetic Surgery.

Characteristics of cosmetic medical tourism in Korea

Chang-Won Koh, MD, PhD

Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Sheik Khalifa Specialty Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence to:Chang-Won Koh, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Sheik Khalifa Specialty Hospital, Al Shohadaa Road, Truck Road, Ras Al Khaimah (P.O.BOX 6365), United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971-7-244-4444, E-mail: kcwbnl@gmail.com

Received: December 9, 2016; Revised: March 30, 2017; Accepted: March 30, 2017

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0), which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This review explores strategies to promote medical tourism in Korea through assessing the characteristics of cosmetic medical tourism selection by nationality, visiting clinics, and consumption tendency. It also discusses several issues regarding the medical tourism market in Korea, such as patient safety, patient satisfaction, medical visas, tax refunds, and legal aspects. The author reviewed articles that involved the cosmetic medical tourism in korea and summarized their findings. In 2015, the number of foreign pathients was 296,889, registering an increase of 11.1% compared to that of the previous year. This increasing trend has been registered since 2009, with an overall increase of 30.5% between 2009 and 2015. The number of registered medical institutions was 3,013 and that of medical tourism agencies 1,666 in 2016. In 2015, cosmetic surgery reported the highest total amount of medical costs from foreign patients, followed by internal medicine, general surgery, and medical checkups in this order. The government of South Korea supports medical tourism policies through programs that include the accreditation of medical institutions, issuance of medical visas, tax refunds, and assistance for medical dispute resolution. Recently, in an effort to support medical tourism through a systematic approach, the institution of MEDICAL KOREA was established in 2016. Various measures taken by the government are expected to help activate and promote medical tourism by ensuring quality medical services to be provided to medical tourists.

Keywords: medical tourism, medical tour, Korea, cosmetic, MEDICAL KOREA

References

  1. Korea Health Industry Development Institutions. Foreign patients satisfaction research report. Sejong: Korea Health Industry Development Institutions; 2015.
  2. Medical Korea. Medical Korea [Internet]. Osong: Medical Korea; updated 2015 Mar 9, cited 2016 Dec 9. Available from:http://www.medicalkorea.or.kr.
  3. Kwak DY. Improvement plan of readiness for inbound medical tourists. J Tour Enhanc 2014;2:21-34.
  4. Korea Health Industry Development Institutions. Statistics on international patients in Korea, 2015. Sejong: Korea Health Industry Development Institute; 2015.
  5. Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency. Medical dispute mediation and arbitration statistical yearbook. Seoul: Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency; 2015.
  6. Smith R, Martínez Álvarez M, Chanda R. Medical tourism:a review of the literature and analysis of a role for bi-lateral trade. Health Policy 2011;103:276-82.
    Pubmed CrossRef
  7. Seo SY, Lee JW, Lee HY. The effect of risks and benefits perceived in the global healthcare tourism on choice for destination country. Korean J Tour Res 2015;30:143-63.
  8. Han JY, Choi EM, Ji KY. An analysis of the importance-satisfaction of convergent medical tourism service quality. J Digit Converg 2015;13:403-12.
    CrossRef
  9. Lunt N, Carrera P. Medical tourism: assessing the evidence on treatment abroad. Maturitas 2010;66:27-32.
    Pubmed CrossRef
  10. Song MK, Kim SH. A study on the differences of medical tourism selection attributes by nationality, visiting Purpose, and consumption tendency-focused on Chinese and Japanese medical tourists. Korean J Tour Res 2015;30:331-51.
  11. Kim YA, Chung HY. Factors affecting plastic surgery addiction tendency among undergraduate women. J Digit Converg 2014;12:621-31.
    CrossRef
  12. Miyagi K, Auberson D, Patel AJ, Malata CM. The unwritten price of cosmetic tourism: an observational study and cost analysis. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2012;65:22-8.
    Pubmed CrossRef

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