Korea Posts Record Medical Tourism Surplus in 2013

The health tourism surplus topped US$100 million for the first time last year, thanks largely to increased spending by overseas travelers seeking healthcare and medical services in Korea.

The Bank of Korea said Wednesday that the country's income from medical tourism was $187 million in the first 11 months of last year, growing more than 35 percent from the same period in 2012.

During the same period, however, local residents' overseas spending on medical tourism decreased by more than 11 percent. Korea saw its first surplus in the medical tourism industry in 2011.

Arirang News / Jan. 09, 2014 11:38 KST