|Medical Facilities and Health Information||
Hospitals in the Republic of Korea are generally well-equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. High quality general and specialty dental care is available in Seoul. Western-style medical facilities are available in major urban areas of Seoul, Busan, Daegu, and a few other large cities. However, not all doctors and staff in these major urban areas are proficient in English. Most clinics in rural areas do not have an English-speaking doctor. A list of hospitals and medical specialists who speak English is available at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. Pharmacies are first-rate, and most prescribed medications, except psychotropic medications, can be obtained with a prescription. See information on importing prescription medication in the section on Special Circumstances under Customs Regulations.
ROK ambulances do not carry sophisticated medical equipment, and the ambulance personnel do not have the same level of emergency medical training as do those in the United States. However, ambulances operated by the fire department (dial 119) will respond very quickly and take patients to the nearest hospital.
|Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved||87.9%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved||2.2%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved||99.7%|
|HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate||0.07%|
|Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population||10.3|
|People Living with HIV/AIDS||9,500|
|Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population||2.02|
|Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved||100%|
|Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved||100%|
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