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The requirement for foreign health insurance dependents to stay in South Korea has been strengthened to a minimum of six months.
In response to growing concerns about some foreigners’ abuse of the health insurance system by designating their relatives as dependents solely to enter the country when the dependents require medical surgery or treatment, the Health and Welfare Committee under the National Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill mandating that non-nationals must reside in the country for at least six months to qualify as health insurance dependents.
This bill was introduced by Representatives Joo Ho-young and Song Eon-seok, both from the ruling People Power Party. But there will be exceptions allowing foreigners to immediately receive health benefits if their dependents are spouses or young children, or if they have a specific residency status such as marriage immigration, permanent residence, or studying abroad.
By Chung Hyuk-hoon and Han Yubin
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