Best Hospitals 2021 - South Korea

World's Best Hospitals 2021

This is the third year that Newsweek has partnered with Statista Inc, the respected global data research firm, to reveal the World's Best Hospitals— and it may be our most important ranking yet.

As the events of 2020 made clear, our lives and those of our loved ones may rest on the kind of health care we have access to. The 2,000 hospitals named in this list—which covers 25 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada —stand out for their consistent excellence, including distinguished physicians, top-notch nursing care and state-of-the-art technology.

Of course we hope that we, and you, won't need to seek care or visit a friend or family member in any hospital this year. But if you do, this ranking of the World's Best Hospitals 2021 can help you feel confident as you make a critical choice about medical care.

Nancy Cooper
Global Editor-in-Chief

RankHospitalCountryScoreCityUS StateSpecialityFootnotes
1Asan Medical CenterSouth Korea97.62%Seoul
2Seoul National University HospitalSouth Korea95.65%Seoul
3Samsung Medical CenterSouth Korea92.73%Seoul
4Severance Hospital - Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea91.54%Seoul
5Seoul National University - Bundang HospitalSouth Korea88.86%Seongnam City
6The Catholic University Of Korea - Seoul St. Mary’s HospitalSouth Korea88.00%Seoul
7Korea University - Anam HospitalSouth Korea86.35%Seoul
8Ajou University HospitalSouth Korea85.64%Suwon City3
9KyungHee University Medical CenterSouth Korea85.55%Seoul
10Gangnam Severance Hospital - Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea85.53%Seoul
11Chung-Ang University HospitalSouth Korea85.21%Seoul
12Kangbuk Samsung HospitalSouth Korea85.15%Seoul
13The Catholic University Of Korea - Yeouido St. Mary’s HospitalSouth Korea84.90%Seoul
14Chonnam National University HospitalSouth Korea84.53%Gwangju3
15Inha University HospitalSouth Korea84.51%Incheon Metropolitan City
16Konkuk University Medical CenterSouth Korea84.33%Seoul
17The Catholic University Of Korea - Incheon St. Mary’s HospitalSouth Korea84.17%Incheon Metropolitan City
18Chungnam National University HospitalSouth Korea84.12%Daejeon
19Pusan National University HospitalSouth Korea84.05%Busan
20Yeungnam University Medical CenterSouth Korea83.93%Daegu Metropolitan City
21Inje University - Haeundae Paik HospitalSouth Korea83.73%Busan
22Ewha Womans University Medical CenterSouth Korea83.69%Seoul
23Hallym University - Dongtan Sacred Heart HospitalSouth Korea83.61%Hwaseong City
24Dong-A University HospitalSouth Korea83.57%Busan
25Kyung Hee University - Hospital at GangdongSouth Korea83.55%Seoul
26Pusan National University - Yangsan HospitalSouth Korea83.54%Yangsan City
27Keimyung University - Dongsan Medical CenterSouth Korea83.50%Daegu Metropolitan City
28Chonbuk National University HospitalSouth Korea83.40%Jeonju
29Hallym University - Sacred Heart HospitalSouth Korea83.38%Anyang City
30Gachon University - Gil Medical CenterSouth Korea83.21%Incheon Metropolitan City
31SNU Boramae Medical CenterSouth Korea83.18%Seoul
32Daegu Catholic University Medical CenterSouth Korea83.07%Daegu Metropolitan City
33SoonChunHyang University Hospital - CheonanSouth Korea83.02%Cheonan City
34Korea University - Ansan HospitalSouth Korea82.96%Ansan City
35SoonChunHyang University Hospital - SeoulSouth Korea82.88%Seoul
36Ulsan University HospitalSouth Korea82.86%Ulsan Metropolitan City
37Chungbuk National University HospitalSouth Korea82.80%Cheongju
38KyungPook National University - Chilgok HospitalSouth Korea82.78%Daegu Metropolitan City
39Dankook University HospitalSouth Korea82.77%Cheonan City
40National Health Insurance Service - Ilsan HospitalSouth Korea82.65%Goyang City
41Korea University - Guro HospitalSouth Korea82.65%Seoul
42Gyeongsang National University HospitalSouth Korea82.62%Jinju City
43Kyungpook National University HospitalSouth Korea82.42%Daegu Metropolitan City
44Kosin University - Gospel HospitalSouth Korea82.40%Busan
45Jeju National University HospitalSouth Korea82.38%Jeju City
46Chosun University HospitalSouth Korea82.10%Gwangju
47Inje University - Busan Paik HospitalSouth Korea81.93%Busan
48Gyeongsang National University - Changwon HospitalSouth Korea81.85%Changwon City
49Catholic Kwandong University - International St. Mary’s HospitalSouth Korea81.82%Incheon Metropolitan City
50Wonju Severance Christian Hospital - Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea81.71%Wonju
51Nowon Eulji Medical Center - Eulji UniversitySouth Korea81.54%Seoul
52Kangwon National University HospitalSouth Korea81.52%Chuncheon City
53Inje University - Ilsan Paik HospitalSouth Korea81.51%Goyang City
54Chonnam National University - Hwasun HospitalSouth Korea81.45%Hwasun County3
55Hanyang University Medical CenterSouth Korea81.44%Seoul
56Hanyang University - Guri HospitalSouth Korea81.44%Guri City
57Mediplex Sejong HospitalSouth Korea81.38%Incheon Metropolitan City
58The Catholic University of Korea - Uijeongbu St. Mary’s HospitalSouth Korea81.20%Uijeongbu City
59Hallym University - Kangnam Sacred Heart HospitalSouth Korea81.10%Seoul
60Wonkwang University HospitalSouth Korea81.00%Iksan City
61Inje University - Sanggye Paik HospitalSouth Korea80.94%Seoul
62Daejeon Eulji Medical Center - Eulji UniversitySouth Korea80.84%Daejeon
63CHA Bundang Medical CenterSouth Korea80.73%Seongnam City
64H Plus Yangji HospitalSouth Korea80.67%Seoul2
65Dongguk University - Ilsan HospitalSouth Korea80.52%Goyang City
66Konyang University HospitalSouth Korea80.30%Daejeon2
67Bundang Jesaeng HospitalSouth Korea79.98%Seongnam City
68The Catholic University of Korea - Bucheon St. Mary’s HospitalSouth Korea79.94%Bucheon City
69Presbyterian Medical CenterSouth Korea79.81%Jeonju
70The Catholic University of Korea - St. Vincent’s HospitalSouth Korea79.74%Suwon City
71The Catholic University Of Korea - Daejeon St. Mary’s HospitalSouth Korea79.67%Daejeon
72SoonChunHyang University Hospital - BucheonSouth Korea79.67%Bucheon City
73Samsung Changwon HospitalSouth Korea79.53%Changwon City
74Hallym University Chuncheon - Sacred Heart HospitalSouth Korea79.29%Chuncheon City
75GangNeung Asan HospitalSouth Korea79.27%Gangneung City
76National Medical Center - SeoulSouth Korea79.01%Seoul
77Daegu Fatima HospitalSouth Korea78.95%Daegu Metropolitan City
78Hallym University Hangang - Sacred Heart HospitalSouth Korea78.89%Seoul
79Inje University - Seoul Paik HospitalSouth Korea78.76%Seoul2
80Pohang St. Mary’s HospitalSouth Korea78.62%Pohang City
81Changwon Fatima HospitalSouth Korea78.49%Changwon City
82Sejong HospitalSouth Korea78.43%Bucheon City
83Busan Medical CenterSouth Korea78.23%Busan2
84Sun Medical CenterSouth Korea78.19%Daejeon
85Hallym HospitalSouth Korea78.11%Incheon Metropolitan City
86Cheju Halla General HospitalSouth Korea77.99%Jeju City
87DaeCheong HospitalSouth Korea77.97%Daejeon2
88G Sam Medical CenterSouth Korea77.58%Gunpo City
89Andong Sungso HospitalSouth Korea76.56%Andong City
90Good Moonhwa HospitalSouth Korea76.55%Busan2
91CheongJu Medical CenterSouth Korea76.53%Cheongju2
92Hando HospitalSouth Korea76.49%Ansan City
93Dongkang Medical CenterSouth Korea76.34%Ulsan Metropolitan City
94Incheonsarang HospitalSouth Korea75.81%Incheon Metropolitan City
95Gimpo Woori HospitalSouth Korea75.81%Gimpo City
96Kwangju Christian HospitalSouth Korea75.46%Gwangju
97Sahmyook Medical CenterSouth Korea75.09%Seoul
98Seoul Medical CenterSouth Korea74.82%Seoul2
99Na-Eun HospitalSouth Korea74.69%Incheon Metropolitan City
100Gumdan Top General HospitalSouth Korea74.67%Incheon Metropolitan City2
101Sun General HospitalSouth Korea74.54%Daejeon2
102Kumi Cha HospitalSouth Korea74.44%Gumi City
103Seoul Bumin HospitalSouth Korea74.38%Seoul2
104St. Carollo HospitalSouth Korea74.24%Suncheon City
105Wonkwang University Sanbon HospitalSouth Korea74.18%Gunpo City2
106Andong Medical Group HospitalSouth Korea74.05%Andong City
107Maryknoll HospitalSouth Korea73.93%Busan
108Busan St. Mary's HospitalSouth Korea73.89%Busan
109Gwangmyeong Sungae HospitalSouth Korea73.59%Gwangmyeong City
110Cheongju St. Mary's HospitalSouth Korea73.56%Cheongju
111COMWEL Incheon HospitalSouth Korea73.43%Incheon Metropolitan City2
112Dong-A HospitalSouth Korea73.43%Gwangju2
113Daerim St. Mary's HospitalSouth Korea73.43%Seoul2
114Sungae HospitalSouth Korea73.43%Seoul
115Myongji St. Mary's HospitalSouth Korea73.35%Seoul2
116The Most Holy Trinity HospitalSouth Korea73.21%Daegu Metropolitan City2
117Hana General HospitalSouth Korea73.19%Cheongju
118Mokpo Christian HospitalSouth Korea73.19%Mokpo City
119Good Morning HospitalSouth Korea73.06%Pyeongtaek City
120Good Samsun HospitalSouth Korea72.86%Busan
121Dongsuwon General HospitalSouth Korea72.74%Suwon City
122Dongguk University - Gyeongju HospitalSouth Korea72.63%Gyeongju
123Sam Anyang HospitalSouth Korea72.60%Anyang City
124Good Gang-An HospitalSouth Korea72.41%Busan
125Catholic University Eunpyeong St. Mary's HospitalSouth Korea72.34%Seoul
126Dongin HospitalSouth Korea72.12%Gangneung City
127Hankook General HospitalSouth Korea71.94%Jeju City2
128Dong-Eui HospitalSouth Korea71.85%Busan
129Hanil General HospitalSouth Korea71.70%Seoul
130Cheonan Chungmu HospitalSouth Korea71.68%Cheonan City
131Busan Bumin HospitalSouth Korea71.40%Busan

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The global board of medical experts was founded by Statista to support the World's Best Hospitals Project. The board is an independent body that is tasked with the continuous development of the quality and scope of the project. Current members of the board of experts are listed here.


The World's Best Hospital ranking lists the best hospitals in 25 countries: USA, Germany, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Canada, India, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Thailand, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Israel and Singapore. The countries were mainly selected based on standard of living/life expectancy, population size, number of hospitals and data availability.

The lists are based on three data sources:
• Recommendations from medical experts (doctors, hospitals managers, health care professionals)
• Results from patient surveys
• Medical KPIs on hospitals
• The number of hospitals awarded in each country varies based on the number of hospitals and data availability in the respective country. USA had the most hospitals awarded with 350, while Israel and Singapore were represented with 10 hospitals each. In total, 2,000 hospitals were ranked in this third edition of the ranking.
• Every hospital in each country is rated by a score.

Scores are only comparable between hospitals in the same country, because different sources for patient experience and medical KPIs were examined in each country. Since it was not possible to harmonize this data, cross-country comparisons of the scores are not possible (example: A score of 90 in country A doesn't necessarily mean that this hospital is better than a hospital with a score of 87 in country B).

• Specialized hospitals like heart or cancer hospitals differ in their offer from general hospitals, and therefore are displayed in a separate list. This list is sorted alphabetically because Hospitals with different specialties are not comparable.

U.S. hospitals were also awarded as best hospitals for infection prevention if they performed above the national average based on six different measures. This recognition is based on data from 01/01/2019 to 12/31/2019, published by CMS.

• In addition to the country lists, the study includes a Global Top 200 list. This list includes a ranking of the 100 best global hospitals, ranks 101-200 are sorted alphabetically.

For the 2021 rankings, a hospital survey was designed and sent out to hospitals. The purpose of this survey is to determine the status quo of Patient Reported Outcome Measurements (PROMs) implementation in hospitals which are represented in the ranking. PROMs will play a more significant part in future editions of the ranking.

Download the methodology overview here.

Download the extended methodology here.


1 - No medical KPI was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on patient satisfaction data and recommendations from medical experts.
2 - No patient satisfaction data was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on results from medical KPIs and recommendations from medical experts.
3 - This hospital participated in the Statista hospital survey and is using Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs).