The government says it may reconsider the current policy of paying the medical bills for foreign coronavirus patients here.
Yoon Tae-ho at the Ministry of Health and Welfare told reporters Tuesday that covering the cost of treating foreign coronavirus patients “must not pose an unsustainable burden on the domestic healthcare system.”
The generosity shown to foreign patients by the Korean government has little support from the public. It has been covering the treatment costs of foreigners including those without any health insurance.
Health officials argued that visitors from abroad could otherwise attempt to evade coronavirus testing, but now they seem to have relented as infections among arrivals from abroad outnumber local ones.
Until Monday, the cumulative number of people arriving from overseas who tested positive for COVID-19 stood at 2,092, with 31.9 percent being foreign nationals.
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