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Cumulative Number of Foreign Patients who Visited S. Korea Tops 2 Mln

Write: 2019-04-17 14:36:48Update: 2019-04-17 15:14:33

Cumulative Number of Foreign Patients who Visited S. Korea Tops 2 Mln

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The number of foreigners who visited South Korea for medical services has topped two million. 

The Ministry of Health and Welfare said on Wednesday that nearly 379-thousand foreign patients visited the nation last year, bringing the cumulative total to two-point-26 million.  

The milestone comes ten years after the government first allowed hospitals to attract foreigners. 

Among foreign patients who visited the country to receive medical care last year, a little over 31 percent were Chinese, while nearly 12 percent were American and eleven percent Japanese. 

In particular, the number of Japanese patients surged 56 percent on-year while patients from Thailand and Indonesia jumped nearly 40 percent. 

Nearly 14-and-a-half percent of the foreign patients sought services in cosmetic surgery and nearly 14 percent for dermatology.

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