The Ministry of Health and Welfare has recently approved Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital (CNUHH) to treat foreign patients.
|A doctor treats a Russian patient at Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital.|
CNUHH said it is the first medical institution attached to a national university to the certification of the government’s “Korean Accreditation Program for Hospitals Serving Foreign Patients (KAHF)”
The health and welfare ministry, together with the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) and Korea Institute for Healthcare Accreditation (KOIHA), evaluates medical institutions that have applied for certification to attract foreign patients.
The evaluation criterion includes service specialized on treating foreign patients such as multilingual consultation, interpretation service, convenience provision, and infection control.
With the certification, CNUHH will be able to use the official KAHF certification mark for two years and receive various government supports in advertising the hospital.
The hospital said its appointment is attracting special attention because of its unique nature.
“The certification comes at a time where Korea’s medical tourism is concentrated in the metropolitan area and southeastern Gyeongsang area while foreign patients who are looking for treatment in southwestern Jeolla region are having difficulty finding a decent medical institution,” it said.
CNUHH has overcome various disadvantages, including geographical distance from the capital area, by accomplishing various goals such as attracting more than 2,000 foreign patients after it opened the International Medical Center in 2011, the hospital said.
“In addition to providing high-quality medical services to residents at an international level, we will take pride in being one of the representative medical institutions that represent Korea and strive to attract and treat overseas patients,” CNUHH President Jung Shin said.