Korean Catholic hospital offers free medical checkups

January 25, 2011

KOREA: Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital in northern Gyeonggi-do province since 2009 has been giving free medical checkups for poor Catholics who cannot afford the expensive medical program.

Parishioners recommended by 71 parishes in Uijeongbu diocese will receive the free checkup service which costs around 0.5-0.7 million won (US$400-600) on Feb. 10 and 15.

Last year all 72 parishioners from 66 parishes received the free medical examination from the Catholic hospital. At the same time, the hospital extended its service to multi-cultural families and foreign migrant workers, whereby eight people from such groups had benefited from the program.

The hospital is the biggest medical institution serving the medically-remote Korea demilitarized zone (DMZ) area.