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The non-face-to-face treatment pilot project has been completed… Opposition from all walks of life



The government has submitted a final plan for a non-face-to-face treatment pilot project to be implemented the day after tomorrow.

Re-examinations are mostly carried out, but for child patients, first-time consultations were available even on holidays and in the evenings.

Controversy continues.

This is reporter Hong Seo-hyun.


I am a family medicine clinic in Seoul.

A doctor tries to make a cell phone video call to a patient he met last week.

After the medication is prescribed, it is checked to see if there is improvement.

“Show me a little how you left the mastitis. It’s getting better.”

Non-face-to-face treatment, which was temporarily allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be turned into a pilot project the day after tomorrow.

Patients who are revisited within 30 days are eligible. First visits are allowed for those who live in mountainous areas, those with mobility difficulties, and those with confirmed infectious diseases. In the case of patients pediatrics under the age of 18, a medical consultation is allowed even if they are first visits at night and on holidays.

Although the final plan was published two days before non-face-to-face treatment was implemented, controversy remains over first and second visits.

When the medical community objected to the first examinations, it included the content that prescriptions were not possible in the case of pediatric patients, but that they were concerned that fatal accidents could not be avoided.

Non-face-to-face medical treatment is also a problem.

Compared to face-to-face treatment, the 30% fee was raised in the name of management fee, but later, the health insurance fee as well as the patient’s co-payment may increase.

“The government’s action to pay hundreds of billions of extra money every year from the health insurance cannot help but contradict itself.”

The government’s position is that it is a measure to reduce the increased burden, such as confirmation of the target person or cooperation in submitting data. However, he suggested the possibility of re-evaluation should this change of business occur.

This is Hong Seo-hyun from Yonhap News TV. (

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