Korea saw a boom in the medical tourism industry
last year, with the country’s health tourism surplus topping 100-million U.S. dollars for
the first time. The Bank of Korea said Wednesday that the
country’s income from medical tourism was 1-hundred-87 million dollars in the first
eleven 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.