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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 [...]

Emergency Rooms to Recruit 24-hour Security Guards

Emergency Rooms to Recruit 24-hour Security Guards

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting later this year, emergency rooms in all hospitals will be equipped with stronger security. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced on Tuesday that starting on July 1, new legislation will come into effect that will oblige all emergency rooms to increase their security. In effect, all emergency [...]

Psychiatric Hospitals to Strengthen Security to Prevent Violence

Psychiatric Hospitals to Strengthen Security to Prevent Violence

SEOUL, Apr. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – Psychiatric hospitals, clinics, and medical centers with high rates of violence will now be obliged to install emergency bells and doors, and hire security staff. Legislation will be amended to heavily punish those resorting to violence against medical staff and patients inside medical institutions, regardless of whether the aggressor [...]

Expansion of Hospital Ward Without Guardians in Gangwon Province

Expansion of Hospital Ward Without Guardians in Gangwon Province

CHUNCHEON, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Gangwon Province’s ‘Hospital Ward without Guardian’ initiative is gaining a positive response from residents. The system was aimed at reducing the economic burden on the underprivileged. The province has been providing the service as a pilot project from August 2013, and had offered 6,422 patients 24-hour care for an [...]

Calls for Safer Medical Environment After Patient Fatally Stabs Doctor

Calls for Safer Medical Environment After Patient Fatally Stabs Doctor

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean medical institutions are in shock after a patient fatally stabbed a doctor at a major hospital in Seoul. South Korean police reported that on December 31, a patient at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital stabbed a psychiatrist multiple times in the chest. South Korean hospitals have pointed out that [...]

Nearly 9 Trillion Won Spent to Treat Diseases from Bad Habits

Nearly 9 Trillion Won Spent to Treat Diseases from Bad Habits

SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly 9 trillion won (US$7.92 billion) is spent a year to treat diseases caused by health-harming habits, data from the National Health Insurance Service showed Friday. Records provided for parliamentary audit showed the medical cost due to bad habits, such as smoking, drinking and obesity, amounted to 8.9 trillion [...]

Hospitals Launch Task Forces to Treat Olympians at PyeongChang Games: Sources

Hospitals Launch Task Forces to Treat Olympians at PyeongChang Games: Sources

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s major hospitals have launched task forces to care for injured athletes participating in the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang next month, sources said Wednesday. Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) said it has formed a team made up of 130 medical staff, including 48 doctors, so [...]