Korea to restrict foreigners’ access to National Health Insurance

 

Under the proposed changes, to be finalised later in 2018, only F-5 and F-6 visa holders (i.e. permanent residents and marriage immigrants) would be eligible to pay insurance premiums equivalent to those paid by Korean nationals. F-1 and F-2 visa holders would have to pay higher premiums.

The revisions were drafted in response to a number of cases where foreign nationals left the country and never returned, after receiving costly medical treatment covered by the state health insurance programme.

The new proposal also makes national health coverage possible for G-1 visa holders, who are those who have been granted refugee status.

National and hospital figures of medical tourists to South Korea tend to be of international patients that include local foreign nationals who do not have National Health Insurance.

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