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South Korea To Revise Law For Telemedicine Services

On July 28, 2009, the South Korea Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs announced a proposal to revise the country's Medical Law to allow for telemedicine, the Korea Times reports. The revision would allow doctors, dentists and Oriental medicine doctors to examine remote patients using online communication devices and send electronic prescriptions to pharmacies near the patients.

As per the measure, physicians would be allowed to use telemedicine technology only with established patients. The ministry will evaluate public opinion on the measure by August 17, 2009 and submit a revision bill to the National Assembly in October 2009.

The proposed Medical Law also plans to permit mergers between medical corporations. The current law has clauses about mergers of educational foundations and social welfare foundations, but not medical corporations.