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High Availability of Newly-developed Medical Equipment

Korean medical institutions are well-equipped with the latest medical equipment. Korea has ranked 3rd in terms of availability of mammogram, MRI and CT scanners per 1 million population out of 34 OECD countries in 2008.

New Zealand, Luxembourg, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland, Australia, Iceland, Italy, US, Korea, Greece, Japan
Hight number of diagnostic equipment is being used (2008)
  • - No. of CT Scanner: 36.8 units per 1 million population (UK 7.4, US 34.3)
  • - No. of MRI: 17.6 units per 1 million population (UK 5.6, Canada 6.7, US 25.9)

Korea has further acquired cutting-edge medical equipment such as Proton Therapy, PET-MRI, Gamma Knife and da Vinci Robot to provide even better health outcomes.

  • Proton Therapy FacilityProton Therapy Facility
  • PET-MRIPET-MRI
  • Gamma KnifeGamma Knife
  • da Vinci Robotda Vinci Robot

Advanced technology comes with a reasonable price

  • Proton Therapy Center

    Proton Therapy Center

    • Available in only 29 hospitals worldwide
    • $15,000-20,000 in Korea vs.
      $60,000-75,000 in USA
  • Radiosurgery CyberKnife/Gamma Knife

    Radiosurgery CyberKnife/Gamma Knife

    • Gaining popularity in Korea
    • Same procedure, lower price
    CyberKnife:
    • $18,000-20,000 in Korea vs.
    • $38,000-55,000 in USA
  • Robotic Surgery

    Robotic Surgery

    • Total of 33 da Vinci Surgical Systems in place
    • 1 leading hosital equipped with 5 da Vinci
    more than 2,000 cases performed since 2005

Comparable quality with only about 20-30% of the cost in the USA

Surgery USA KOREA Percentage
Heart Bypass $94,500 $22,000 23%
Hysterectomy $31,500 $5,300 17%
Hip Replacement $44,000 $11,000 25%
Knee Replacement $44,000 $11,000 25%
Spinal Fusion $83,000 $13,000 16%
  • Source: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (2010)
  • Korea Health Industry Development Institute (2010)