Seoul implements five major projects designed to protect the health of children who are the future generation leaders.
The family dentist project for students and children of low-income households the first of its kind nationwide is implemented in conjunction with the Seoul Dentists Association, Seoul District Office of Education, NGOs, experts, schools, and community child centers.
In addition to subsidizing the costs for mandatory vaccination, Seoul plans to provide free vaccinations for type A and B hepatitis among the optional vaccinations to marginalized people in a bid to lower the burden of rearing children in this low-birth era and to enhance health equality.
Seoul plans to install two medical support child zones for developmentally disabled children one in the Gangbuk area and one in Geumchon-gu in a bid to serve as community health rehabilitation centers.
In the past, Seoul provided limited subsidy of large outpatient medical costs and costs of hospitalization services for surgeries (one-time prior medical service and three-time follow-up medical service) for expatriate workers and other marginal people who are excluded from various healthcare benefits. Starting this year, however, Seoul has expanded the medical cost support for outpatient diseases such as cold, thereby reducing marginalized people’s medical cost burden.
In line with the across-the-board implementation of the five-day workweek class system, in April 2012, Seoul opened the Saturday Children’s Health Clubs in 175 elementary schools to allow children to have fun playing time with friends.
Expatriate workers and homeless people who are excluded from national medical services