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3 in 10 Foreign Patients Visit S. Korea for Plastic Surgery

3 in 10 Foreign Patients Visit S. Korea for Plastic Surgery

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A significant number of foreigners visited South Korea last year to undergo plastic surgery. The Korea Health Industry Development Institute reported that 464,452 foreigners came to South Korea in 2018 to receive medical treatment, up by 16.7 percent since the previous year. Most of the foreigners received treatment from [...]

Expanded Research Opportunities for Residual Human Biological Material

Expanded Research Opportunities for Residual Human Biological Material

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — New legislation has made it possible for samples from human biological materials taken for treatment and diagnostic purposes to be used in research. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said a law enforcement ordinance was approved at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that requires medical institutions to impose fines for [...]

Prescriptions for Methylphenidate Soar over ‘Smart Pill’ Reputation

Prescriptions for Methylphenidate Soar over ‘Smart Pill’ Reputation

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — A rise in the number of prescriptions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication known as the ‘smart pill’ is raising concerns of potential misuse. According to data submitted to Rep. In Jae-kun from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service, the number of prescriptions for the analeptic methylphenidate [...]

500,000 Foreigners Sign Up for State Health Insurance After New Rules Take Effect

500,000 Foreigners Sign Up for State Health Insurance After New Rules Take Effect

SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Only one month has passed after the mandatory subscription to state health insurance for foreigners, and the number of subscribers has increased smoothly. However, the insurance premium collection rate for these foreigners was not high. According to the data received by Rep. Ki Dong-min from the National Health Insurance [...]

First Suspected Case of E-cigarette Induced Lung Condition Reported in S. Korea

First Suspected Case of E-cigarette Induced Lung Condition Reported in S. Korea

SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said Monday it has received notice of a suspected case of a lung disease related to liquid-type electronic cigarettes in South Korea, and is now looking into possible links to e-cigarettes. Since September 20, the KCDC has received cases of [...]

Unmanned Kiosks Inaccessible for Persons with Disabilities

Unmanned Kiosks Inaccessible for Persons with Disabilities

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Unmanned kiosks are spreading through restaurants, movie theaters, and train stations to make orders and purchases. In many cases, however, these systems are still inaccessible to persons with disabilities. Most of the systems come with a touch screen without any auxiliary devices for persons with disabilities, such as braille [...]