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government has decided to reduce various support for COVID-19 patients starting next month.

Living support expenses are provided only to the bottom half of households based on their income, based on health insurance premiums.

Reporter Han Seong-hee reports the details.


Currently, the government is giving every household a living support fee of 100,000 won if there is one quarantined person and 150,000 won if there are two or more people in quarantine.

However, starting from the 11th of the next month, the target of support will change to 100% or less of the median income on a per household basis.

Half of the top-income households will not be able to receive it.

[Sohn Young-rae/Chairman of Social Strategy Team, Central Accident Resolving Headquarters: This is for the purpose of enhancing sustainability and efficiency, such as concentrating financial resources where needed more and securing financial capacity for a re-emergence in the second half of the year.]

Single-person households based on monthly income at the time of quarantine The cost of living support is 2,334,000 won, 3.26 million won for two-person households, 4.195,000 won for three-person households, and 5121,000 won for four-person households.

As the monthly income standards for dual-income households may vary, you should check the website of the National Health Insurance Corporation for exact eligibility.

The paid vacation allowance, which was given to all small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), was also decided to be paid only to companies with less than 30 employees.

One in four small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will lose support, which may increase the burden on the workers.

[Kim Seong-hee/Professor of Labor Research Institute at Korea University: Even if you are sick, you cannot rest or hide, these problems may appear as a side effect, and the problem of income loss will appear even more serious for workers of small and medium-sized enterprises.]

Isolated people receiving outpatient treatment will receive treatment at the clinic level. In this case, you must pay a co-payment of around 13,000 won.

You will also be responsible for prescribing over-the-counter medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs.

However, the cost of inpatient treatment and oral treatment is high, so it is fully subsidized as it is now.

(Video editing: Lee Jung-taek, CG: Park Cheon-woong)