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Foreigners to benefit from health coverage

Apr 08,2005
All foreign workers in Korea will have to have health insurance starting 2006, if the National Assembly passes a law the governing party proposed yesterday.
Until now, only foreigners working at factories under the Employment Permit Law were obliged to be insured. But the governing Uri Party and the Welfare Ministry said yesterday that other workers such as employees dispatched to branch offices, or teaching staff at schools and private institutions will be required to have medical insurance as well.
Migrant workers who come to Korea as “industrial trainees,” another type of work system, would also be covered under the health insurance system, but illegal migrant workers could not benefit.
The revised draft of the National Health Insurance Law will be sent to the Assembly in June.


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