Today, more and more people travel to different Asian destinations with the increasing affordability of traveling by air, whether it is to visit family or friends or for a holiday vacation or for business trips. Right now, one of the hottest Asian destinations is Busan, Korea. Despite being highly industrialized, Busan is still rich in cultural attractions and interesting touristy spots.
However, like any other place, health threats are still present and so one should be prepared with the immunizations, medical insurance, food and water safety preparations to ensure health in Busan. Before scheduling your travel to Busan, there are several routine and recommended immunizations to prevent the risk of acquiring contagious diseases. Routine vaccinations such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT), polio, chickenpox and influenza are recommended when traveling to any parts of the world.
In Korea, travelers planning to enter the country are recommended to get Hepatitis A and B, typhoid and Japanese encephalitis vaccinations. Getting sick during travel can be inevitable. In Busan, the payment mode at most hospitals can be done via credit card. Foreign patients should provide documents for the payment. Medical fees differ depending if you are enrolled or not in the national health insurance.
It is suggested to make sure beforehand if the health insurance you bought in your homeland can cover the medical treatment at a Busan hospital because billing systems vary from one hospital to another. If you have insurance in your home country, you may request the company to reimburse the medical expenses incurred at the hospital in Busan.
Food and water safety is another important aspect when discussing your health in Busan. Avoid drinking tap water unless it has been filtered, boiled or chemically treated (using iodine tablets). Only eat well-cooked vegetables and meat and for fruit, make sure it is fresh and peeled. Be highly selective when eating street foods, but if you experience diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Medical facilities and services in Busan are pretty advanced and extensive. Perhaps one of the best Busan health facility is the Inje University Busan Paik Hospital, a general hospital with an 820 bed-capacity, 30 specialized clinics and about 31 clinical departments. Other popular general hospitals in Busan include the Busan Medical Center, Dong-A University Medical Center, Busan Ilsin Woman’s Hospital, Dong-eui MedicalCenter, Kosin University Gospel Hospital and Busan Adventist Hospital.
Several Oriental clinics are available that provide numerous medical treatments such as herbal remedies and acupuncture. Oriental medicine boosts the patient’s immune system, rejuvenates energy, relieves pain and hasten metabolism. Popular Oriental Clinics in Busan include Samse Hanbang, Goryeo Hanbang, Good SamsunHanbang and Seo-dong Jeil Hanbang. Medicine is important when it comes to travel health in Busan. Fortunately, you can easily find drugstores in the city. Simply search for the signs of pharmacy or medicine across the city. Pharmacies provide OTC medicines for digestives, cold and fever, and vitamin and mineral supplements. Antibiotics, hormonal drugs and painkillers require doctor’s prescription. When traveling to Busan, it is better to bring necessary medications for allergies, diarrhea, and the like with you.