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Gov’t Intervenes in Purchase and Supply of Rare Essential Medicines

Gov’t Intervenes in Purchase and Supply of Rare Essential Medicines

SEOUL, July 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will take on a major role in the purchase and supply of rare essential medication as part of efforts to alleviate the inconvenience faced by those suffering from uncommon and hard-to-cure diseases. Without the government’s direct involvement, such patients often have to wait for a significant period [...]

Two out of Three Rare Disease Patients in Asia-Pacific Do Not Receive the Best-available Care, According to an Economist Intelligence Unit Survey

Two out of Three Rare Disease Patients in Asia-Pacific Do Not Receive the Best-available Care, According to an Economist Intelligence Unit Survey

HONG KONG, CHINA, July 16 (Korea Bizwire) - There are between 6,000 and 7,000 known rare diseases, which share little in common beyond their infrequency. This represents both a medical and policy challenge, often resulting in those with rare diseases receiving suboptimal support. While individual diseases may be rare, their collective burden is significant. The Economist [...]

Study Confirms Link Between COVID-19 Fatality Rate and Income

Study Confirms Link Between COVID-19 Fatality Rate and Income

SEOUL, July 10 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study has revealed that the coronavirus mortality rate varies according to income level. Among COVID-19 patients, the fatality rate of medical care beneficiaries whose medical expenses are supported by the government was found to be about three times higher than for the beneficiaries of employee health insurance. [...]

S. Korea to Compile Big Data on Clinical, Genome Information of 10,000 People

S. Korea to Compile Big Data on Clinical, Genome Information of 10,000 People

SEOUL, June 29 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will start compiling big data from the clinical and genome information of 10,000 people, health authorities said Monday. The two-year national pilot project that will run through 2021 will cover data on people with genetic anomalies and those with rare diseases that are linked to their genome. [...]

Kia Motors Offers Company Facility to Treat Coronavirus Patients

Kia Motors Offers Company Facility to Treat Coronavirus Patients

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Kia Motors Corp., South Korea’s second-biggest carmaker, announced Monday that it will offer its staff training facility in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province for treating coronavirus patients with mild symptoms. The Osan Education Center, established in 1994, comprises two buildings, an education center and a dormitory building, on 17,000 square meters [...]

Hospitals Struggling Financially as Patient Numbers Plummet

Hospitals Struggling Financially as Patient Numbers Plummet

SEOUL, April 9 (Korea Bizwire) — A growing number of South Korean hospitals are reporting financial difficulties as their outpatient numbers have dropped significantly due to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a survey of 62 hospitals conducted by the Korean Medical Association (KMA) the number of outpatients dropped by an average of 16.3 percent (44.5 [...]

S. Korea to Set Guidelines on Plasma Treatment of Virus Patients

S. Korea to Set Guidelines on Plasma Treatment of Virus Patients

SEOUL, April 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will set guidelines for the treatment of coronavirus patients with plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19, a senior health official said Tuesday, after two patients here were declared cured upon receiving the therapy. The therapy involves infusions of blood plasma from coronavirus survivors to virus [...]

Philips Enables Hospitals and GPs to Remotely Screen and Monitor Patients with COVID-19

Philips Enables Hospitals and GPs to Remotely Screen and Monitor Patients with COVID-19

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that it can help general practitioners and healthcare institutions manage the increased patient flows resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak through a dedicated and scalable telehealth solution that facilitates the use of online screening, follow-up questionnaires and [...]