Under the proposed changes, to be finalized later this year, only F-5 and F-6 visa holders -- 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.
|A local pharmacy in Seoul. (Yonhap)|
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 program, the ministry said.
The new proposal also makes national health coverage possible for G-1 visa holders -- those who have been granted refugee status.
By Claire Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)