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Medical treatment for the atomic bomb victims in South Korea

The South Korean government announced that they would improve medical treatment for the atomic bomb victims in the country instead of suspending for the victims going to Japan for medical treatment.
The South Korean government launched the National Health Insurance System (20% to 30% charge for patients) I 1989.
The Japanese government decided to donate 42,000,000 yen as "corporation to the medical treatment for the atomic bomb victims in South Korea."
In this year the South Korean government also started free medical treatment in the country and free medical examination at the assigned hospitals once a year for the victims.
The atomic bomb victims in South Korea need to follow these necessary procedures for receiving "free medical treatment."
First, they need to pass the investigation for designated as victim held by the Association.
Second, they need to register themselves to the Association after acknowledged by Welfare Improvement Committee" represented by South Korean Red Cross, the Association, and Department of Social Insurance of South Korea.
Lastly, they need to receive "Certificate of medical treatment as designated atomic bomb victim" issued by South Korean Red Cross.
Whey they show the "Certificate of medical treatment' and "Medical Insurance Certificate ("Medical Protection Certificate for persons on welfare) to the hospital, the government will pay for the patient's charge.
However, this procedure is practically changed depending on the hospitals.
The patients do not have to pay for their medical treatment as far as they use five general hospitals in major cities and seven organizations of South Korea Red Cross designated as the 'assigned hospitals for atomic bomb victims" by "Welfare Improvement Committee," because these hospitals and organizations send the bill directly to the Association. (But, even in this case, patients have to submit "a letter of medical treatment request" issued by each branch office of the Association to the hospital beforehand.)
However, the patients have to pay when they use clinics or public hospitals. Their medical charge will be paid back to them when they claim their charge to the Association with receipt later.
Practically, it was almost impossible to take such complicated procedures and pay the treatment even temporarily for the victims who became old and lacked even living expence.
It turned out that this system cold only work for the victims who lived close to the designated hospitals or to the branch offices of the Association.
Moreover, the doctors in South Korea, who did not know well about aftereffect of radiation exposure and did not have much experience of such treatment, tended to treat atomic bomb victims' symptoms as one of those of common adult diseases.
Many victims had to continue temporal symptomatic treatment by expensive drugs.

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the South Korean Atomic Bomb Victims talks)

Further information about the problems of South Korean Atomic Bomb Victims.

Association of Citizens for Supporting South
Korean Atomic Bomb Victims.