|Around 3.05 million patients visited AMC in 2016|
|Date : 2017.03.01|
The number of inpatients and surgeries performed has been continually increasing over the last five years.
A total of 3,054,905 patients visited AMC last year. The numbers of outpatients and inpatients were 2,915,191 and 139,714, respectively, and the number of surgeries performed was 63,118, with around 254 surgeries performed each day on average.
The number of outpatients was on the rise by 2014 but declined slightly due to the MERS crisis in 2015. The upward trend returned in 2016, as the number increased by 2.8% and 5.8% compared to 2014 and 2015, respectively. Comparing the number of outpatients in 2016 with that in 2012 showed an increase of 19,000 outpatients, 13,000 inpatients, and 4,800 surgeries performed.
According to the regional distribution of outpatients, the largest number of outpatients came from Seoul with 1,339,488, accounting for 45.9%, followed by Gyeonggi-do with 763,919, Chungcheongbuk-do with 100,686, and Gangwon-do with 89,921. Looking at the boroughs of Seoul, most were, as usual, from the boroughs adjacent to AMC; specifically, the largest number of outpatients came from Songpa-gu with 425,202, accounting for 31.7%, followed by Gangdong-gu with 220,271, Gwangjin-gu with 124,173, Gangnam-gu with 108,983.
A total of 14,891 foreign patients received treatment in AMC in 2016, including 13,081 outpatients, 546 inpatients, and 1,262 patients getting health checkups. Regarding the distribution by nationality, the largest number of foreign visitors came from the United States with 3,369 patients, accounting for 22.6%, followed by China with 2,840, the United Arab Emirates with 1,413, and Kazakhstan with 1,289.
Thus, we can see that a growing number of foreign patients of more diverse nationalities are visiting AMC. Patients from 92 countries received treatment in AMC in 2016, compared to 82 countries in 2012. Notably, the number of patients from Saudi Arabia, with significantly different cultural and geographical characteristics, was 966 in 2016, an increase of 68% from 572 in 2015.
Unit Manager at the International Healthcare Center Cha Dong-jin attributed the diversity of foreign patients and the increase of Saudi Arabian patients to ‘AMC’s outstanding medical skills.’ He said, “Foreign patients suffering from specific diseases tend to visit AMC after searching for excellent doctors specialized in those fields. And word seems to have spread that AMC provides great conditions in terms of services and treatment. Coordinators dedicated to certain countries, including Saudi Arabia, offer interpretation services and optimize treatment schedules for each patient.”