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National Health Plan Will Cover Limb Transplantation

National Health Plan Will Cover Limb Transplantation

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Hand and arm transplants are set to become less expensive for Koreans at home. The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) announced on September 13 through a press release that the National Health Insurance would extend its coverage to hand and arm transplant surgery. In addition, the national plan [...]

Authorities Prepare for Possible Influx of African Swine Fever Virus

Authorities Prepare for Possible Influx of African Swine Fever Virus

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Government officials will be beefing up efforts to prevent the influx of African swine fever virus from China, where a recent outbreak of the virus was reported. The Ministry of Environment announced yesterday that it had set up a task force in charge of carrying out efforts to prevent the spread [...]

Over 60 pct of S. Koreans Back ‘Passive Euthanasia’: Poll

Over 60 pct of S. Koreans Back ‘Passive Euthanasia’: Poll

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — More than six in 10 South Koreans favor euthanasia for terminal patients when life support is deemed meaningless, a poll showed Friday. In the survey conducted by Seoul National University Hospital, 66.5 percent of 1,241 citizens said they are in favor of removing life support from patients when there [...]

47% of Dementia Patient Caregivers “Quit Work” Or “Cut Down on Work Hours”

47% of Dementia Patient Caregivers “Quit Work” Or “Cut Down on Work Hours”

SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Nearly half of all guardians of dementia patients were found to have given up their job or decrease their work hours in order to care for their loved ones. This was according to a survey carried out by the Korea Dementia Association, the results of which were published yesterday. [...]

Jangseong County Plans “Insect Tourism”

Jangseong County Plans “Insect Tourism”

SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Jangseong County, located in South Jeolla Province, is planning to use grasshoppers to attract tourists. The county announced on September 12 that it was initiating a project to develop grasshopper tourism. Through the project, county officials are hoping to nurture the insect industry and promote insect farming, which is rapidly [...]

Local Gov’ts to Provide “Guardians” for Dementia Patients

Local Gov’ts to Provide “Guardians” for Dementia Patients

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A public “guardian” program for dementia patients will be implemented in South Korea starting September 20. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced today that a proposed revision of the law that would provide the legal framework for the initiative was resolved at the Cabinet meeting level. For patients [...]

Self-Employed Men in their 40s and 50s Have Lowest Quality of Life

Self-Employed Men in their 40s and 50s Have Lowest Quality of Life

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — According to suicide rates, lower-income male business owners in their 40s and 50s were found to have a dangerously low quality of life. This is according to the results of a study announced at a policy workshop hosted by Seoul National University’s Center for Distributive Justice yesterday. Professor Lee [...]