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Expatriate healthcare centre opens in Seoul

A new healthcare clinic has been opened in South Korea to deal specifically with expatriate medical insurance policyholders.

The centre at Seoul National University Hospital aims to treat more than 1,200 patients every year and is designed to carry out major surgeries and minor operations, the Korea Times reports.

Hospital president Jung Hee-won told the newspaper that the clinic started out in 1999 with one nurse, but has since expanded with three regular doctors, two nurses and several assistants.

"It provides medical care in six languages and assists patients in arranging appointments for an examination, diagnosis, surgery and aftercare at one convenient place. The clinic has shown more than ten per cent growth every year," Mr Jung commented.

The hospital is generally regarded as the country's top healthcare facility and was established in 2003 amid concerns that South Korea's ageing population lacked access to geriatric care.

While the country's elderly citizens make up 10.7 per cent of the population, the university points out that private hospitals tend to avoid investing in the treatment of elderly illnesses because of its low profitability, so this hospital hopes to boost its performance as a national medical centre for older residents.

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