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Rights Watchdog Calls for Guidelines on Hospitalization of Transgender People

Rights Watchdog Calls for Guidelines on Hospitalization of Transgender People

SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The state human rights watchdog said Thursday it has asked the health minister to devise guidelines for the hospitalization of transgender people. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) said it has made the recommendation after receiving a petition from a trans woman who unsuccessfully tried to be [...]

Pediatrics Departments at Training Hospitals Plan to Downsize Medical Treatment Capacity

Pediatrics Departments at Training Hospitals Plan to Downsize Medical Treatment Capacity

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — A majority of pediatrics departments at training hospitals in Seoul are planning to reduce their medical treatment capacity due to a shortage of medical staff, a survey showed Monday. The Korean Pediatric Society conducted two nationwide surveys of 96 pediatrics departments at training hospitals in September and December, 75 [...]

Gov’t to Give Incentives to Hospitals Admitting COVID-19 Patients

Gov’t to Give Incentives to Hospitals Admitting COVID-19 Patients

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has decided to reflect the hospital admission rate of COVID-19 patients in the assessment of medical institutions as a way to give incentives to those who actively accommodate virus patients. The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said Wednesday it devised an incentive to encourage medical institutions [...]

Lower Compensation Rate for Hospitals for Extended COVID-19 Stays

Lower Compensation Rate for Hospitals for Extended COVID-19 Stays

SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The government plans to differentiate the level of compensation it pays to medical institutions taking care of COVID-19 patients depending on the length of the patient’s stay. The Central Disaster Management Headquarters, which operates under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, recently held a compensation deliberation [...]

Hospitals Introduce CCTV Cameras in Operating Rooms

Hospitals Introduce CCTV Cameras in Operating Rooms

SEOUL, June 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid raging opposition from medical institutions against installing closed-circuit television cameras in operating rooms, some hospitals and clinics are stepping up to install CCTV cameras in order to regain trust from patients. Recently, plastic surgery and orthopedic hospitals have reportedly been installing CCTV cameras in operating rooms. Himchan Hospital, [...]

Koreans Avoiding Emergency Rooms over COVID-19 Fears, Even with Heart Attack

Koreans Avoiding Emergency Rooms over COVID-19 Fears, Even with Heart Attack

SEOUL, April 21 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study showed that the number of South Koreans who sought help for heart disease at hospital emergency rooms declined last year during the height of the COVID-19 crisis. During this period, however, the mortality rate of myocardial infarction patients over 60 years of age increased after their hospitalization. [...]

Hospitals to Provide Emergency Room Consultation and Treatment to Those Who Attempt Suicide

Hospitals to Provide Emergency Room Consultation and Treatment to Those Who Attempt Suicide

SEOUL, March 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will provide consultation and treatment to individuals who have attempted suicide when they are hospitalized in emergency rooms as part of efforts to prevent similar attempts from reoccurring. On Monday, the Ministry of Health and Welfare launched a trial project to promote the emergency room ex-post management [...]