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TV Doctors Criticized For Spreading False Medical Information

TV Doctors Criticized For Spreading False Medical Information

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean TV doctors are facing criticism for spreading unfounded and misleading medical information to boost ratings, with one doctor even heard saying ‘doing a handstand can help grow hair’ on national television. The latest accusations against so-called ‘show doctors’, which refer to TV doctors who make appearances on health-themed [...]

Ministry of Health Moves to Allow Death with Dignity

Ministry of Health Moves to Allow Death with Dignity

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Health and Welfare has announced it is temporarily allowing deathbed patients to choose whether to continue medical care for life prolongation or not this year, in preparation for the new so-called ‘well-dying’ hospice law entering effect next year. The decision by the health ministry means that from [...]

Cosmetics Exports Rise 20% Despite Political Tensions with China

Cosmetics Exports Rise 20% Despite Political Tensions with China

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea has exported 20 percent more cosmetics during the first half of this year compared to the same time last year, despite political tensions with China in recent years over the deployment of the controversial THAAD missile defense system on its soil. Data released on Monday by the Ministry [...]

Disability Rights Group’s Five-Year Protest at Gwanghwamun Square Comes to an End

Disability Rights Group’s Five-Year Protest at Gwanghwamun Square Comes to an End

SUWON, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean disability rights group has ended its five-year long protest at Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul after the health and welfare minister met with the protesters and finally agreed to make it easier for the disabled to claim benefits despite the income of their legal provider. A group [...]

South Korea to Introduce Sunshine Laws to Tackle Corruption in Pharmaceutical Industry

South Korea to Introduce Sunshine Laws to Tackle Corruption in Pharmaceutical Industry

SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government is introducing new legislation in its fight against corruption, including regulations that will require pharmaceutical companies to divulge payments made to doctors and pharmacists starting next year. Under the new health care reform, pharmaceutical companies that offer financial compensation to medical staff are required to keep [...]

South Korean Government to Tackle Children’s Cavities

South Korean Government to Tackle Children’s Cavities

SEJONG, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government announced yesterday plans to reduce dental cavities among children by up to 20 percent amid growing concerns over figures pointing to the high risk of dental problems facing the country. According to a policy blueprint concerning the dental health of South Koreans from 2017 to [...]

President Moon Pledges to Tackle Dementia

President Moon Pledges to Tackle Dementia

SEOUL, Jun. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s newly-elected president promised Friday that the government would take a more proactive role in tackling dementia, a mental illness that affects nearly one in ten elderly people in the country. Speaking to family members and dementia patients during a visit to the Seoul Sanitarium and Hospital, Moon [...]

Private Enterprise Genetic Testing Spurs Debate

Private Enterprise Genetic Testing Spurs Debate

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) – Businesses are buzzing in excitement with the news that genetic testing services will be allowed at private enterprises without having to go through medical institutions starting on June 30. According to an industry official on May 25, the Ministry of Health and Welfare recently made an announcement of the list of genes [...]