Sat 27 November 2021:
According to South Korean news agency Newsis, South Korean government is considering making unvaccinated citizens pay a portion of the cost of COVID-19 treatment.
The initiative aims to boost the country’s vaccination rate, which is currently at 79.4 percent for the general population and 91.2 percent for adults. However, the recent increase in cases has convinced authorities that it is insufficient.
According to the source, the government will take into account a corresponding bill as well as public reaction.
After collecting the opinions, the parliament in December could edit the bill about the government’s payments for coronavirus disease treatment.
The South Korean government covers all costs associated with COVID-19 treatment under the law on infectious disease prevention, which is approximately 10 million won (approximately $8.3 million) per person on average.
South Korea currently registers between 3,000 and 4,000 COVID-19 cases per day, with a daily high of 4,116 earlier this week.
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