President Moon Jae-in visited on August 9 St. Mary's Hospital Seoul and announced a plan to expand the health care insurance coverage significantly. Before his announcement, he spent 50 minutes in the hospital meeting patients and their care takers. He said in his health insurance coverage speech, "I will make sure to minimize sad incidents in which people get sick but are unable to go to the doctors because of not enough money. By 2022, I will make this country a place where no one worries about medical expense any more."
He continued, "Being sick is bad enough. If you can't go to the doctors due to no money, how sad can it be? Keeping people healthy is one of the most important responsibilities of the state." "The centerpiece of the health care insurance coverage expansion is reducing service items that are not covered by the insurance. Except items that are clearly out of insurance coverage such as cosmetic and plastic surgery, I will try to include everything to be paid for by the insurance," he added.
He also promised that long-term home care expenses would be paid for by the national insurance scheme in order to relieve the financial burden of the families. The President said, "It is estimated the number of patients who require long-term care is in excess of 2 million. But 75 percent of them are not covered by the health insurance and have to be cared for by their family members or professional care takers. In some cases, long-term care leads to financial ruin for the whole family."