South Korea's national health insurance fund will increase coverage for the treatment of infertility and serious dementia starting in October, the health ministry said yesterday, which is in line with the government's efforts to reduce the financial burden of patients.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said a revision to the relevant law was passed to this effect during a Cabinet meeting, reported the Yonhap News Agency.
Under the amendment, patients suffering from serious dementia will only be required to pay 10% of medical expenses and the rest will be covered by the state. Also, medical expenses for infertility tests, including semen analysis, hormone testing and biopsies, will be covered by national health insurance. Female patients will pay 30% of the treatment cost, while those in low-income brackets will pay only 14% of the total cost, the ministry said.
The government is attempting to increase the birth rate in an ageing population.