Inha University Hospital was recently designated as the regional medical organization for Incheon City and recognized by the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service (HIRAS) as a leading hospital in the treatment of acute stroke and myocardial infarction.
With its selection as the regional hub, the institution will be given government subsidies worth six billion won over the next five years for the construction and operation of a cardio-cerebrovascular center. At the same time, the HIRAS is planning to reward Inha University Hospital for its high evaluation scores obtained in its annual nationwide assessment of 189 and 113 medical institutions that provide acute stroke and myocardial infarction treatment, respectively.
Inha University Hospital, building on such accomplishments, is suggesting a new paradigm for the care of cardio-cerebrovascular patients and making greater contributions to the local community.
IUH Develops into Hub of International Medical Tourism
The hospital is striving to attract inbound medical tourists from around the world as a participant of the Health & Welfare Ministry’s initiative for the purpose as well as a close partner of the Incheon Medical Tourism Foundation and major regional medical service providers.
The project is to facilitate the growth of the medical tourism sector and address the concentration of foreign medical tourists in Seoul by providing marketing and infrastructure support. Inha University Hospital is slated to receive support from the central government to bring more foreign patients to Incheon.
In this context, the hospital invited Maisuk Irina, a female patient living in Vladivostok, Russia, in conjunction with the Incheon Medical Tourism Foundation, a Russian agency and the local media back in mid-December last year and provided her with free treatment. Before this, she had been unable to receive medical attention for a dangerous heart condition because of expensive medical expenses and poorly-equipped local institutions.
The project has contributed greatly to its marketing activities and networking with local medical tourism agents. The hospital is going to further promote its superiority in the treatment of cardio-cerebrovascular disease by making use of such successful project results.
Center of Northeast Asia for Cerebral and Cardiovascular Patients
“During our preparations for the designation, we significantly improved the efficiency of patient management and local awareness of cardio-cerebrovascular diseases and their symptoms, while also reducing the mortality of diabetes and cerebral vascular illnesses and providing better care for outpatients and chronic patients,” said the hospital’s director, adding, “We’ll continue refining our 24-hour standby systems and the preventive management and early diagnosis of related diseases as a humble contributor to the local community.”