korea-plastic-surgery-1605.gifThe boom in Korean Pop Cluture has impressed asians around the world to look better. Analci is one of the many plastic surgery clinics in Seoul which are overwhelmed with the crowds of overseas customers. The hospital treated 1,000 foreigners over the past year; most of them were Japanese and Chinese.

In spite of having strong potential in terms of advanced medical techniques, Korea’s medical tourism business is still in its infancy position. According to survey, of the 100,000 foreigners who visited Korea last year, a meager 0.2 percent of them came here for medical treatment purposes. The figure is same without any increase in 2004, 2003, and 2002.

The government has initiated a set of measures to promote medical tourism by aiding hospitals in their marketing and easing related regulations. The government is also pushing to simplify the process of issuing visas for overseas patients, especially from Asian nations. It might take a while for western country visitors coming to korea for plastic surgery.