Koreans over 70 spend more than 10 times than teens on monthly medical treatment.
The National Health Insurance Corporation in a report published Tuesday said senior citizens aged 70 or over had monthly medical expenses of W203,000 on average, while teens spent the least with W19,759 (US$1=W1,512).
Those in their 60s ranked second with W146,020, followed by those in their 50s with W85,465 and children aged 9 or under with W49,481. The medical expenses of 60-somethings made up 38.5 percent of the total, up more than 10 percent from 26 percent in 2001. Those in their 40s spent W49,133, those in their 30s W34,794 and those in their 20s W26,253.