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Hospitals Limit Visitor Numbers in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak

Hospitals Limit Visitor Numbers in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, which was recently dubbed COVID-19, hospitals culture in South Korea is also changing. With strict control over all hospital visitors, the culture of friends and family members visiting patients is changing. A recent hospital visit confirmed the precautions that hospital officials are [...]

Number of Foreign Subscribers to State Health Insurance Soars in 2019

Number of Foreign Subscribers to State Health Insurance Soars in 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of foreign subscribers to South Korea’s state health insurance program surged in 2019 to top the 1 million mark after the country required long-stay foreigners to sign up for it, data showed Wednesday. According to the data from the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS), there were slightly [...]

S. Korea Initiates Research to Develop Novel Coronavirus Drug

S. Korea Initiates Research to Develop Novel Coronavirus Drug

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will launch a research project to develop a novel coronavirus drug and vaccine, the public health agency said Wednesday, after the country genetically isolated the potentially deadly virus that has spread across the world. Currently, there is no viable treatment for the novel coronavirus that has killed [...]

Kimchi Gaining Popularity in U.S as Wuhan Coronavirus Antidote

Kimchi Gaining Popularity in U.S as Wuhan Coronavirus Antidote

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — With new cases of coronavirus infection, commonly known as the Wuhan coronavirus, spreading around the world, attention is being paid to kimchi in the U.S. This is due to the fact that the immune effects of kimchi were expressed during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak. A [...]

Some 85,000 Terminal Patients Opt to Die with Dignity over 2 Years

Some 85,000 Terminal Patients Opt to Die with Dignity over 2 Years

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — More than 85,000 terminally ill South Koreans have chosen to forgo life-prolonging treatment since the legalization of the right to die with dignity two years ago, government data showed Tuesday. The law took effect on Feb. 4, 2018, allowing terminal patients to sign up to forgo a “meaningless extension [...]

Housing Welfare Model Should be Restructured to Reflect Single-person Households

Housing Welfare Model Should be Restructured to Reflect Single-person Households

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — As the number of single-person households increases, especially for men and women in their 40s and 50s, the need to come up with appropriate housing measures has been voiced. The Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements suggested in a recent report that housing policies should be reset to reflect [...]