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Medical tourism in Korea. About the best clinics and employment
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27.12.2018

Medical tourism in Korea. About the best clinics and employment

Ekaterina Li, 32 years old, hometown — Almaty, director of Medical Avenue


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About career choice


I graduated in 2008 from the Kazakh State University in Almaty from the faculty of economics and business. In 2011, I completed my master's degree at Chosun University. Additionally, I have a diploma of the French ESCP University, which I received in 2012 due to one of the programs in my University. In 2011 I entered KAIST Business School in Seoul and received the MBA title.

I returned from France in 2014, where worked in company General Electric. I understood that wanted to engage with the medical tourism in Korea, so opened my company Medical Avenue.

Currently, we are working on the medical avenue together program. The program aimed at children with cancer. We work with children in Astana, arrange different events for them. For me important to help parents and the child cope with a serious illness.


About medical tourism in South Korea


Medical tourism in Korea is a young developing industry. The state supports young companies and creates conditions for business development in this sphere. Even though, not easy to open a business in the field of medicine. Various inspections and accreditations must be passed, and the initial capital should be not less than $100,000.

The strongest hospitals and clinics in Korea are attached to universities. For example, Inha University Hospital, Seoul National University Hospital, Aju University Hospital, Severance Hospital at Yonsei University and many others. We cooperate with all these hospitals.

Medical tourism in South Korea is different from other countries. Most often, patients come here for a long and serious treatment. And here good conditions for patients. For example, taxes from surgeries revert.

Patients from Russia, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries, as well as China, UAE, USA and Europe often come to Korea. For patients from the CIS countries important to receive qualified treatment, so people do not pay attention to the service costs. Europeans or Americans come here because treatment in Korea is cheaper.


About working conditions


As chief of the company, I work 24/7. My employees work according to the standard schedule from 9:00 to 18:00. We do not work in the office, so it depends on the conditions and treatment of the client. Patients come at a different time and each needs special attention to settle in hotels, to consult, to solve other issues.

We have more loyal working conditions in the company. All employees have days off, can ask for a day off. Therefore, we have a pleasant working atmosphere.


About plans and opportunities


I will continue developing our company. We are part of the Association of medical tourism in Korea and the United States and trying to enter foreign markets.

I want our office in Kazakhstan to become stronger, to have an opportunity to work with the people of Kazakhstan directly.

In plans become a big company and promote our philosophy. So people would know medical tourism does not tolerate neglect. This is a challenging and responsible job.


Regina Kim, 29 years old, hometown — Seoul, manager and translator


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About career choice


I have been working in the medical tourism field for six years. When I studied at University, I came to Russia on an exchange program. I studied international relations, the global economy and politics. I learned the Russian language by myself and got a work connected with the Russian language.

When I graduated from the University, patients from Russia and other CIS countries have already started coming to Korea.

I completed a training course as a medical translator and started working in the field of medical tourism.


About medical tourism in South Korea


The traditional concept of tourism does not exist in this field. Someone perceives medicine in Korea as a beauty industry. But many patients come here for serious treatment. Oncology is the most common problem.

Medicine in South Korea has evolved in accordance with American medical standards as quickly as the economy.

Korea has a pragmatic public health insurance system and Korean patients do not worry about the cost of treatment, as in other countries. Doctors have extensive clinical experience and advantages in diagnosis and treatment.

South Korea has 42 multi-disciplinary hospitals with qualified medical personnel. Large clinics like Samsung Medical Center, Asan Medical Center, Severance Hospital. In these hospitals, at least 20 specialized departments, training courses for doctors, department of medical research.


About working conditions


I work in a Nanoori Hospital. This is not a multi-disciplinary hospital. The hospital has a narrow speciality in orthopaedics and neurosurgery, officially recognized as a special medical centre for the treatment of the spine and articulations.

We provide intensive treatment on the spine and joints from diagnosis to rehabilitation and offer surgical or non-surgical treatment depending on the condition of each patient.

In total, there are five branches under the brand Nanoori in Korea, recently opened branches in Shanghai, China, a new branch is planned in Dubai.

We conduct training programs for doctors and medical research with the participation of foreign doctors.

The workload is approximately 50 hours per week. Work begins at 07:30 because the morning doctor's check out or patient case conferences begin at this time. My working day ends when the surgery is ended. Usually after 20:00. I work till noon on Saturday.

I have to translate the necessary information for patients and medical staff. I also translate during surgery, especially when using local anaesthesia.

I need responding to patients' requests, communicate with partners from different countries, for patients have time to receive timely treatment in the clinic. There are cases when I am sent on business trips abroad for two or three months. During the trip, we regularly hold consultations, seminars and conferences with foreign doctors.


About plans and opportunities


For those who ready to work and develop is not difficult here. There are always vacancies. Clinics are looking for well-educated translators. Excellent knowledge of the Korean language, medical terminology, understanding of the medical situation, as well as knowledge of the working environment in Korea is required.

At the same time, working conditions in Korea leave much to be desired. You constantly have to sacrifice personal time for the work.

I plan to develop in direction of my speciality and want to take a few more refresher courses. I like to be involved in the lives of many people and help them in difficult times. I am satisfied with my life and want to continue to work in my hospital.


Jeet Kim, 24 years old, hostess


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About career choice


My mother was a nurse in a Hospital at Seoul National University, and medicine has surrounded me since childhood. I saw mom working hard and helping doctors save people's lives. This inspired me, and I decided to connect my life with medicine. I study at the Medical University and combine with the work of a hostess.


About medical tourism in South Korea


Medical tourism in Korea started to develop in the 2000s. The development peak for the industry was in 2014-2015. At that time was the flow of foreigners who wanted to get medical services in Korean hospitals.

However, the term medical tourism has other meaning. People mostly come to Korea mostly for long-term treatment, not for a simple diagnosis and sightseeing.

Many patients come to Korea to visit plastic surgery clinics — this field is popular among young people in Korea and abroad.


About working conditions


I work three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. At these days our company receives foreign patients. My job is to meet the patient, settle down in a hotel and get patient into to the hospital. After the end of the treatment, I help to arrange air tickets and accompany people to the airport.

My job involves constant communication with people. I often saw critically ill people at the beginning of their treatment, and then I took them to the airport healthy and full of energy. It's an amazing experience.

My working day lasts eight hours, and I work part-time because I need to combine work and study.


About plans and opportunities


I want to be a neurosurgeon. After graduation, I plan to work in the hospital at my University and save people, as my mother did.