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Chinese Temporary Residents Buy Up Expensive Drugs at a Discount; South Korea Pays the Rest

Chinese Temporary Residents Buy Up Expensive Drugs at a Discount; South Korea Pays the Rest

SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – A National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) report submitted to the National Assembly’s Health and Welfare Committee on October 18 revealed that from 2013 through September of this year, the NHIS subsidized 18.9 billion won in hepatitis C treatment for foreign nationals. From 2013 to 2015, annual subsidies ranged from [...]

Aging Population Challenges South Korea’s Health Insurance System

Aging Population Challenges South Korea’s Health Insurance System

SEOUL, July 4 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s national health insurance system faces challenges from the rapidly aging society, although it has been acclaimed as one of the world’s most effective in terms of universal coverage. The national health care system achieved universal coverage for all people in 1989, 12 years after it was launched [...]

Growing Waistlines Prompt National Insurance Coverage for Obesity Treatment

Growing Waistlines Prompt National Insurance Coverage for Obesity Treatment

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has decided to extend its national insurance coverage to patients with obesity starting next year. The Ministry of Health and Welfare and the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) announced yesterday plans to invest 9 billion won to provide insurance coverage for the surgical treatment of [...]

S. Korean Market for Insomnia Drugs Grows on Rising Patients

S. Korean Market for Insomnia Drugs Grows on Rising Patients

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean market for insomnia medications is growing at a fast clip as more people complain of sleep disorders, industry sources said Thursday. According to data by the National Health Insurance Service, 455,900 South Koreans received hospital treatment for sleep disorders in 2015, up a whopping 57 percent from [...]

Korea to Insure Pfizer’s Xalkori, Significantly Reducing Patients’ Burden

Korea to Insure Pfizer’s Xalkori, Significantly Reducing Patients’ Burden

SEOUL, April 20 (Korea Bizwire) – As it is expected that Pfizer’s Xalkori cancer drug will be covered by the national health insurance in Korea, the 10 million won (US$9,225) burden that patients are currently facing will be dramatically reduced starting next month. According to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the [...]

Painful Fashion: Korean Men with Hallux Valgus Increasing Due to Dress Shoes

Painful Fashion: Korean Men with Hallux Valgus Increasing Due to Dress Shoes

SEOUL, Mar. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Hallux valgus, a chronic condition often associated with wearing tight footwear such as high heels, has been occurring more frequently in Korean males. According to a report from the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) published on March 1, 84.7 percent of individuals diagnosed with Hallux valgus from 2009 to [...]