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입력 2016.08.05 (14:09) 수정 2016.08.05 (14:31) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

The government has decided to expand the pilot program for remote medical service starting later this year. It remains to be seen whether the government decision can speed up the project, which has been stalled for the past ten years because of strong protests from the medical industry.

[Soundbite] "I called because of throat pain. (Okay, let's see the patient's overall condition.)"

[Pkg]

An army doctor examines a sick soldier through a video call. This is an example of the so-called 'remote diagnosis service,' which allows medical personnel to check a patient's pulse and blood pressure in real time. The Ministry of Health and Welfare decided in 2006 to launch the remote medical service program. But pertinent bills haven't even entered the legislative process in the 10 years since. The new program was met with strong opposition from the medical sector, which raised safety issues and claimed the new service would undermine small neighborhood clinics. Nonetheless, the pilot project finally got off the ground two years ago, and the Ministry has decided to expand it further starting in October. The program is currently in operation at six nursing facilities, but some 680 nursing homes with a capacity of more than 70 occupants are eligible to apply as well. The government has also decided to extend the pilot program to 20 islands and 63 military bases. President Park Geun-hye visited a senior nursing center where the program is under way to ask for the medical sector's active participation.

[Soundbite] Pres. Park Geun-hye : "I think this is a necessary service for immobile senior citizens."

The government plans to advertise the merits of the remote diagnosis system by expanding the pilot program, but it remains to be seen whether the project can gain traction despite the strong protests from the medical service industry and the opposition camp.
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    • 입력 2016-08-05 14:14:14
    • 수정2016-08-05 14:31:28
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

The government has decided to expand the pilot program for remote medical service starting later this year. It remains to be seen whether the government decision can speed up the project, which has been stalled for the past ten years because of strong protests from the medical industry.

[Soundbite] "I called because of throat pain. (Okay, let's see the patient's overall condition.)"

[Pkg]

An army doctor examines a sick soldier through a video call. This is an example of the so-called 'remote diagnosis service,' which allows medical personnel to check a patient's pulse and blood pressure in real time. The Ministry of Health and Welfare decided in 2006 to launch the remote medical service program. But pertinent bills haven't even entered the legislative process in the 10 years since. The new program was met with strong opposition from the medical sector, which raised safety issues and claimed the new service would undermine small neighborhood clinics. Nonetheless, the pilot project finally got off the ground two years ago, and the Ministry has decided to expand it further starting in October. The program is currently in operation at six nursing facilities, but some 680 nursing homes with a capacity of more than 70 occupants are eligible to apply as well. The government has also decided to extend the pilot program to 20 islands and 63 military bases. President Park Geun-hye visited a senior nursing center where the program is under way to ask for the medical sector's active participation.

[Soundbite] Pres. Park Geun-hye : "I think this is a necessary service for immobile senior citizens."

The government plans to advertise the merits of the remote diagnosis system by expanding the pilot program, but it remains to be seen whether the project can gain traction despite the strong protests from the medical service industry and the opposition camp.
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