Medical Tourism in Korea

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Words by Michael Song
At the turn of the 21st century, a new industry began to grow at a tremendous rate due to rapid dissemination of information through the Internet and overall increases in international travel. People were traveling across borders internationally for the main purpose (sometimes sole purpose) of seeking medical treatment. Sometimes this was due to new medical advances made in other countries but the most popular reason was due to lower costs. For example, in 2009 the cost of coronary artery bypass surgery was $144,000 in the U.S. while it was $24,000 in Korea. Many patients from the U.S. and Europe were heading to Malaysia, Thailand, India and Singapore to meet their medical needs at a fraction of the price. Read more

SKAL Newsletter Vol. 6 – August, 2013


Summary of July Luncheon

This month our SKAL monthly luncheon was held at JW Marriott, where fellow skalleague General Manager Richard Saul graciously welcomed us to our July meeting. Fortunately the weather was on our side, so we were able to take advantage of the adjoining patio to enjoy our pre-luncheon cocktails outdoors before meandering into the ‘Classic 7’ Meeting Room for our specially selected luncheon menu. President Maureen O’Crowley suggested skalleagues dress in a red, white and blue theme, for America’s Independence Day celebrated in the month of July, or a nautical theme in acknowledgement of our guest speaker, Mr. Young-Jae Choi, Team Manager of Seoul Marina Club &Yacht. Mr. Young-Jae Choi informed us of some of their clubs services and fellow skalleagues asked questions enthusiastically even before he was able to finish his presentation!

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