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Guaranteeing children’s right to health

Seoul implements five major projects designed to protect the health of children who are the future generation leaders.

Family dentist system for students and children of low-income households

The family dentist project for students and children of low-income households the first of its kind nationwide is implemented in conjunction with the Seoul Dentists Association, Seoul District Office of Education, NGOs, experts, schools, and community child centers.

Providing mandatory vaccination services to all citizens for free and expanding optional vaccination services for marginalized people

In addition to subsidizing the costs for mandatory vaccination, Seoul plans to provide free vaccinations for type A and B hepatitis among the optional vaccinations to marginalized people in a bid to lower the burden of rearing children in this low-birth era and to enhance health equality.

Medical support child zone for developmentally disabled children

Seoul plans to install two medical support child zones for developmentally disabled children one in the Gangbuk area and one in Geumchon-gu in a bid to serve as community health rehabilitation centers.

Expanding the subsidy of outpatient medical costs for expatriate workers and children of other marginalized people

In the past, Seoul provided limited subsidy of large outpatient medical costs and costs of hospitalization services for surgeries (one-time prior medical service and three-time follow-up medical service) for expatriate workers and other marginal people who are excluded from various healthcare benefits. Starting this year, however, Seoul has expanded the medical cost support for outpatient diseases such as cold, thereby reducing marginalized people’s medical cost burden.

Opening a fun, enjoyable Saturday children’s health club

In line with the across-the-board implementation of the five-day workweek class system, in April 2012, Seoul opened the Saturday Children’s Health Clubs in 175 elementary schools to allow children to have fun playing time with friends.

Providing essential medical services in communities

  • Expanding the number of accessible urban medical service facilities from 52 ('11) to 73 ('14)
  • Operating emergency medical consultation services 24 hours a day and nighttime and holiday clinics
  • Expanding medical services for marginalized people
  • Expanding the public medical services of city hospitals
  • Operating public medical support centers aimed at easing the community health divide

Bolstering health management by life cycle

Children and youth
  • Providing national mandatory vaccinations for free: 450,000 children 12 years old and younger
  • Family dentist system for children: Providing primary medical services such as prevention, education, and consultation
  • Targeting 20,0000 fourth graders in elementary schools (pilot implementation in 6 districts) and 10,000 students in community child centers
  • Creating healthy schools: Expanding Saturday children’s health clubs and health stores
Middle-aged and elderly period
  • Preventing cardio and cerebrovascular diseases by registering and managing people with metabolic syndromes: 300,000 people ('11) → one million people ('14)
  • Providing education on women’s osteoporosis and post-menopausal period
Elderly period
  • Examining and detecting dementia early on and registering and managing such cases: 440,000 people ('11) → 500,000 people ('14)
  • Expanding nursing manpower for visiting patients to manage their health: 324 people ('11) → 624 people ('14)

Medical costs for expatriate workers

Designated hospitals for free diagnosis
  • Seoul Medical Center
  • Tel :+82-2-3430-0201
  • Seoul Red Cross Hospital
  • Tel :+82-2-2002-8853
  • Global Love Sharing Foundation’s clinic for expatriate workers
  • Tel :+82-2-863-9966
Target of support

Expatriate workers and homeless people who are excluded from national medical services

Support outline
  • Count: Unlimited, yearly
  • Scope of support : Hospitalization and surgery costs (excluding the day’s outpatient medical costs) ※ Note, however, that outpatient medical costs related to hospitalization and surgery are subsidized.
  • Support limit : Up to KRW 5 million per person ※ Cases exceeding KRW 5 million per person in total medical costs should be reviewed by the medical institution (by two doctors), and reasons for such excess should be provided to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.