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Govt. Invests KRW 1 Bn. in Attracting Foreign Patients

According to Yonhap News,

(SEOUL=Yonhap News) The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced April 11 that it will invest KRW 1 billion in eight regions including Busan City, Daegu City, Gwangju City, Daejeon City, North Chungcheong Province, South Jeolla Province, North Gyeongsang Province and Jeju Island to develop advanced medical technologies to attract foreign patients.

The Ministry has been engaged in the project to develop advanced technologies since 2010 to revive the regional economy and create jobs by attracting foreign patients.

The Ministry explained that the share of foreign patients in the nonmetropolitan areas increased from 12.1 percent in 2009 to 20.3 percent in 2014, thanks to the project.

The eight regions will develop medical tourism services and build relevant infrastructure to attract foreign patients.

"It is essential for the cities and provinces to make their utmost efforts to develop contents to lure the foreign patients. We will strengthen cooperation between the central and local governments," said a ministry official.

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Source: Yonhap News (Apr. 11, 2016)
** This article was translated from the Korean.