While visiting Seoul in January of 2009, Taras's mother and 76-year-old father decided to have health screenings at Asan Medical Center, based on the recommendation of their Korean translator and guide. The doctor evaluating Taras's father recommended an esophagogastroscopy, and the test discovered a stomach tumor, which was confirmed by CT and PET scans. Taras and his mother are both doctors and, after learning the news, Taras immediately acquired a Korean visa and flew to Seoul to be there for the surgery.
Before deciding to undergo surgery at Asan, the family visited two other facilities. Because Taras’s father had a comfortable relationship with his Asan physicians, Dr. Kap-Choong Kim and Dr. Min-Hee Ryu, the family chose to have the surgery there. They felt that their arrival, pre-treatment, and treatment at Asan were handled very well, and that the quality of the father’s care exceeded their expectations. Although Taras's parents do not speak Korean or English, a translator assisted in communications with Asan’s medical staff.
After his father returned home in February, Taras coordinated followup care. His father has had no complications or related problems since returning to Kazakhstan, and has been easily able to fill prescriptions.
The whole family is very happy that Taras's father had a checkup and treatment at Asan. Taras says, "Asan gave my father a second birth, and we are grateful to all of the doctors and nurses." The family plans to return to Asan, if his father has health problems in the future. In the meantime, Taras adds, "We have highly recommended Asan to our neighbors in Kazakhstan, and three of them have already visited and thanked us."
*Patient name and location changed upon request
Last updated on 9 March 2013
Before Leaving the Hospital: Get All the Paperwork
Impatient to be gone, and often suffering the woozy side effects of surgery and post-operative pharmaceuticals, patients too often find themselves back at home later, missing important documents that could have more easily been obtained on site. So before you hightail it out of your hospital or clinic, be sure that you have all of your important documents.
Generally, larger hospitals provide complete medical documentation as part of the standard exit procedure. However, some smaller clinics may rely more on verbal instructions, and they are less likely to build and maintain a dossier on your case.