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South Korean government restricts prescribing to cover debt

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1270
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    The South Korean government is again on a collision course with the medical profession after it enforced restrictive prescribing practices on doctors in a bid to cut a $3bn (£2bn) debt.

    The health and welfare ministry has ordered doctors to prescribe generic drugs only and has warned that those who violate this rule will not be reimbursed.

    The government has been forced to take such drastic measures because of a $3bn hole in the budget of the National Health Insurance Corporation. The action comes just …

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