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$146Bn Korean Healthcare Service Landscape 2023

[2023.10.6 Exprive] HIRA's July 2023 Report on Specialists in Hospitals and Clinics.


In 2022, the Korean healthcare service market reached $146 billion, ranking 11th worldwide. It followed market leaders, the United States at $4.5 trillion and China at $1.2 trillion, with Italy and Australia each recording $193 billion and $178 billion and Brazil at $175 billion, as reported by Fitch Solutions.


The Korean Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service (HIRA) plays a pivotal role in maintaining the quality and efficiency of healthcare services in South Korea. As a government agency under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, HIRA is responsible for claims review, quality assessment of the National Health Insurance, and more. In July 2023, HIRA published a comprehensive report shedding light on the healthcare infrastructure in Korea, with a particular focus on the number of specialists working within hospitals and clinics.


Glimpse into Korean Healthcare:

Korea boasts a diverse and extensive healthcare network, comprising a staggering 76,749 hospitals and 24,562 pharmacies, totaling 101,311 healthcare facilities for 50 million population (1 per 500 people). Among these hospitals, 45 are tertiary general hospitals, 331 are general hospitals, 3,868 are hospitals, and a whopping 72,505 are clinics. Additionally, Korea houses 18,978 dental clinics and 15,155 Korean medicine hospitals and clinics, further emphasizing the diversity and accessibility of healthcare services in the country.

Number of hospitals and pharmacies in Korea by Exprive

The Specialists in Focus:

One of the key highlights of HIRA's report is the presence of 95,034 specialists (1 per 500 people) within these healthcare facilities. Among the 76,749 hospitals in Korea, 56,061 (73%) have more than one specialist on staff. Here's a glimpse of the top three institutes in selected medical categories:

Top Korean hospitals by number of specialists by Exprive

7,661 Internal Medicine facilities (14%):

Asan Medical Center / Exprive

6,087 Dental facilities (11%):

Seoul National University Hospital / Exprive

4,150 Family Medicine facilities (7%):

  • Seoul National University Hospital: 23 specialists

  • Samsung Medical Center

  • Seoul St. Mary's Hospital


3,917 Orthopedic facilities (7%):

  • Seoul National University Hospital: 33 specialists

  • Asan Medical Center

  • Severance Hospital


3,267 Pediatrics facilities (6%):

Severance Hospital / Exprive

3,117 Surgery facilities (6%):

  • Asan Medical Center: 135 specialists

  • Samsung Medical Center

  • Severance Hospital


2,470 Korean Medicine facilities (4%)

Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine / Exprive

1,631 Dermatology facilities (3%)

  • Severance Hospital: 14 specialists

  • Seoul National University Hospital

  • Doctors Dermatology Clinic


1,591 Rehabilitation facilities (3%)

  • Asan Medical Center: 14 specialists

  • Severance Hospital

  • Seoul National University Hospital


1,378 Plastic Surgery facilities (2%)

  • ID Hospital: 25 specialists

  • DA Plastic Surgery

  • Nana Plastic Surgery

ID Hospital / Exprive

412 Cardiology facilities (1%)

  • Asan Medical Center: 32 specialists

  • Samsung Medical Center

  • Seoul National University Hospital


These statistics reveal the concentration of specialists in various medical fields and the presence of prestigious healthcare institutions in Korea. The report also highlights the significant contributions of hospitals in areas such as psychiatry, ophthalmology, Korean medicine, urology, and more.


Korea's healthcare landscape, as unveiled by HIRA's July 2023 report, showcases a robust and diverse ecosystem of hospitals, clinics, and specialists. With a focus on quality and accessibility, Korean healthcare institutions are dedicated to providing top-notch medical care. As the healthcare sector continues to evolve, HIRA remains committed to its mission of ensuring a sustainable and high-performing healthcare system in Korea.



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