The medical benefit system aims to subsidize medical fees for citizens who cannot paymedical bills due to financial difficulty. Foreigners are not qualified for medical benefits,with the exception of specific cases outlined in the National Basic Living Security Act.When a person who qualifies for this assistance undergoes medical treatment due todisease, injury or childbirth, the government pays the hospital or clinic fee.
Recipients of medical care assistance signified in the National Basic Living Security Act (includingforeigners) are eligible for the medical allowance.
|Primary Recipients||Secondary Recipients|
|Recipients of national basic living security (households unableto provide labor services), men of national merit, peopledeemed intangible cultural assets, defectors from NorthKorea, people who were active in the 18 democratizationmovement, adopted children (under 18 years old), thehomeless, etc.||Recipients of the National Basic Livelihood SecuritySystem (families that have family members who are ableto work)|
Recipients will be charged a portion of the medical expenses when using medical institutions.
|Classification||Primary Recipients||Secondary Recipients|
|Hospitalization||Free of charge||10% of medical fees|
|Outpatient medical treatment||Clinics (1,000 won), hospitals (1,500 won),|
superior general hospital (2,000 won)
|Clinics (1,000 won),|
hospitals (15% of medical fees),
superior general hospital (15% of medical fees)
|Pharmacies||500 won (per prescription)||500 won (per prescription)|
Applicants should first apply for medical benefits at their primary medical benefit organization before applying atsecondary medical benefit organizations and tertiary medical benefit organization (exceptions apply).