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S. Korea tops OECD in number of doctor consultations

South Koreans received the most doctor consultations per capita among the members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2015, data showed Sunday.

South Koreans received doctor consultations 16 times annually on average, posting the highest figure among the 35 member states of the Paris-based organization, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Japan followed with 12.7 times, trailed by Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany with 11.8, 11.4, 11.1 and 10.1, respectively. The average of the OECD members stood at seven times.

Doctors perform surgery in this file photo released by Seoul National University Hospital on Sept. 19, 2017. (Yonhap)

South Koreans received two dental consultations on average in 2015, standing in the third spot. Japan and the Netherlands held comparable figures of 3.2 times and 2.5 times, respectively. The average of the OECD members was 1.2 times.

South Korea also possessed higher numbers of high-tech medical devices compared with other members.

The country had 26.3 units of MRI devices per 1 million people as of 2015, hovering far above the average of 10.1 units.

It also had 37 units of CT scanners per 1 million people, compared with the average of 26.1 units. (Yonhap)

Lee Sam-sun  edt@koreapost.com

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