Three years have passed since Korea opened its doors to foreign patients seeking medical services outside their homelands, and a new - and perhaps unexpected - segment of treatment has sprouted in the recent years.
While many foreigners visit Korea for comprehensive physical check-ups, cosmetic surgery and dermatological treatments, more and more couples are coming to make their dreams come true.
“I think it was one of the best things that I have done in my life,” said Kim, a 39-year-old mother of a one-year-old daughter and a housewife living in New York. “Many of my friends living in Seoul have told me so many success stories that we decided to come here for in vitro fertilization.”
Kim, who moved to the United States from Korea with her family during her middle school years, said her insurance plan did not cover the cost of the expensive procedure, estimated at about $15,000 at an American clinic.
In Korea, in vitro fertilization costs vary from patient to patient, but most treatments don’t cost more than 10 million won ($8,490).