ASEAN and Korea

South Korea and ASEAN to discuss collaboration regarding universal medical coverage and health security issues

The 1st ASEAN-ROK Health Ministers Meeting was the first meeting held after the establishment of the ASEAN-ROK Health Dialogue Channel following the ASEAN-ROK Special Summit in 2019, and the meeting was agreed to be held biannually from then on, with Korea and Indonesia co-chairing this year’s conference.

At this year’s meeting, which was held under the theme of Strengthening Health System for Sustainable Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Health Security for Resilient Health Systems, the ASEAN-ROK future areas of cooperation in the health sector were discussed.

Vice Minister Lee asserted that the ASEAN-ROK Healthcare Partnership cooperation projects (a.ka. K-Health International Cooperation Project) will be carried out to share Korea's experiences in health insurance, primary health care, and public health reinforcement activities with the ASEAN Member States (AMS), and emphasized that Korea will play a leading role in helping to achieve sustainable universal health coverage (UHC) suited to the health care system of each member state by building a system that leverages information and communications technologies (ICT) and capacity building activities.

He introduced Korea’s plans for investments that are geared towards capacity-building for the medical resources supply mechanism, including plans to foster bio talents, develop antibody treatments and commercialize Korea's first COVID-19 vaccines, etc. He also said he hopes that Korea's experiences and policy cases will help the ASEAN Plus Three community improve the ways resources are utilized.  

 

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