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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 [...]

Health Ministry to Set Up Office to Support Foreign Patients in Medical Disputes

Health Ministry to Set Up Office to Support Foreign Patients in Medical Disputes

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Korea Bizwire) – A counselling office will be established for foreign patients to receive support in medical disputes such as medical malpractice and overcharging. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced that the government will run a medical dispute counseling office for foreign patients, as part of its plan to attract 300,000 foreign [...]

3 Revised Welfare Laws Take Effect, Enable Beneficiaries to Receive Tailored Support

3 Revised Welfare Laws Take Effect, Enable Beneficiaries to Receive Tailored Support

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Three revised welfare laws that enable citizens to receive ‘tailored’ welfare benefits varying upon general livelihood, housing, health and education, took effect on July 1. Korea’s national basic livelihood security supported individuals in need by selecting them on the basis of the minimum cost of living. The Ministry of [...]