Medical institutions

The Medical Allowance System provides financial support for those who have difficulty paying for medical treatment. When a person who is qualified for this assistance undergoes medical treatment due to disease, injury or childbirth, the government pays the fee to the hospital or clinic.

Payment of Insurance Premium

Recipients of National Basic Livelihood Security are eligible for the medical allowance.
Married, divorced, or widowed immigrants raising a child with Korean nationality are eligible to be recipients of medical allowance.

Primary Recipients Secondary Recipients
Recipients of the National Basic Livelihood Security System (families with no family members who can work), recipients over age 65, the disabled, the mentally or physically unfit, social benefit recipients, holders of intangible cultural assets, north Korean defectors, recipients of Gwangju democratic movement compensation, adopted children (under the age of 18), homeless patients Recipients of the National Basic Livelihood Security System (families that have family members with working ability)

Fees to Be Charged to Recipients

Recipients will be charged a portion of the medical expenses when using medical institutions.

Classification Primary Recipients Secondary Recipients
Hospitalization Free of charge (1,000 won) 10% of medical fees (1,000 won)
Outpatient medical treatment Clinics, hospitals (1,500 won), tertiary medical centers (authorized medical institutions) (2,000 won), CT*, MRI*, PET (5% of the medical fees) Clinics, hospitals (15% of medical fees) tertiary medical centers (15% of medical fees)
Pharmacies 500 won per prescription 500 won per prescription
  • CT (Computerized Tomography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) : The most common medical imaging methods used at hospitals to provide a close examination of the internal organs and systems of the body.
  • Please consult with an agent at the Social Welfare Division at your local eup/myeon/dong office for further information.

* Source : Danuri (The multicultural family support portal site)