The standard of healthcare in Busan is high. Hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and staff are well trained. Many hospitals in Busan are attached to universities. There are also many reputable private clinics throughout the city.
South Korea's National Health Insurance programme is a compulsory social insurance system that covers the whole population. Foreigners are required to register for the national scheme if they have lived in the country for six months.
Doctors and specialists will claim most of the costs of a consultation from the NHI, and expats will have to pay only a portion of the cost. Prescription medication and traditional medicine (including acupuncture) are also covered, and will therefore also incur small costs.
Expats don’t have to be concerned about language barriers when it comes to healthcare in the city. Most large hospitals and international clinics have English-speaking staff. It’s also common for hospitals to have interpreting services available.
Pharmacies in Busan are also plentiful and easy to find throughout the city, but they are rarely attached to hospitals and seldom open 24 hours. Korean pharmacies, called yak-guk, are usually indicated by the yak symbol displayed at the front of the store or in the window. It’s advisable to have a Korean friend or colleague write down what is needed in Korean as many pharmacists don’t speak English well.
Hospitals in Busan
Some of the most reputable hospitals in Busan include:
Dong-Eui Medical Center
Address: San 45-1, Yang-jung 2-dong, Jin-gu
Pusan National University Hospital
Address: 179 Gudeok-ro, Seo-gu
Kosin University Gospel Hospital
Address: 262 Gamcheon-ro, Seo-gu
Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital
Address: 875 Haeun-daero, Haeundae-gu
Busan St Mary’s Hospital
Address: 25-14, Yongho-ro 232beon-gil, Nam-gu
►For more about the Korean healthcare system, read Healthcare in South Korea
►Getting Around in Busan provides information on transport in the city
"Universal healthcare! I stayed in the hospital here for five days and my bill was the same price as an ambulance ride in the USA would have cost me." Read more about Azra's expat experience in Busan.
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