MOU Aims to Enhance Health Care for Vietnamese People in South Korea

The Association of Vietnamese Communities in Korea is taking steps to ensure improved access to healthcare for its members.

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The Association of Vietnamese Communities in Korea (AVCK) and Wonkwang University Hospital recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in medical support for Vietnamese in Korea in the period of 2023-2025. This collaboration aims to enhance the healthcare services provided to the Vietnamese community residing in Korea. Through this partnership, AVCK and Wonkwang University Hospital will work together to ensure that Vietnamese individuals receive the necessary medical support they require during their time in Korea. The signing of this agreement demonstrates the commitment of both organizations to promoting the well-being and welfare of the Vietnamese community in Korea. This partnership is expected to have a positive impact on the healthcare sector and contribute to the overall development of Vietnamese-Korean relations.

MoU Targets Better Health Care for Vietnamese community in RoK
At the signing ceremony. Source: KT

At the signing ceremony, representatives from Wonkwang University Hospital, including Park Cheon Gwoen, expressed their hope that the signed MOU would serve as a significant milestone in promoting comprehensive healthcare services for Vietnamese citizens in the Republic of Korea (RoK).

Mai Dieu Thuy, representative of the Vietnamese Embassy, expressed her congratulations for the collaboration between the two units in working towards the shared objective of establishing a cooperative mechanism among stakeholders to effectively enhance comprehensive medical support for Vietnamese residents in the Republic of Korea (RoK).

The embassy will provide support to remove any difficulties that may arise in the process of conducting activities between the two units, she added.

According to AVCK Vice President Le Nguyen Minh Phuong, this collaboration marks the first project in the health sector for the association, aimed at improving the health benefits for Vietnamese people. The agreement is expected to facilitate further cooperation between the two parties, with the ultimate objective of providing healthcare support, medical check-ups, and treatments for all Vietnamese individuals residing, studying, and working in the host country.

Seo Il Young, director of Wonkwang University Hospital, expressed his pleasure to accompany the AVCK to collaborate on implementing these meaningful activities. Through this cooperation program in the near future, it aims to contribute to improving the overall access to high-quality medical services for Vietnamese expatriates in Korea.

The AVCK and Wonkwang University Hospital will actively support and prioritize all Vietnamese residing in Korea who experience a work accident. They will also assist with medical examination and treatment for Vietnamese people in Korea through the system of Wonkwang University Hospital and its affiliate network.

In cases of urgent medical treatment or need for the Vietnamese community, Wonkwang University Hospital will actively support, coordinating with the AVCK’s community work department. Specifically, in the Southwest region, the hospital will support the emergency system by helicopter if needed for Vietnamese residents.

MoU Targets Better Health Care for Vietnamese community in RoK
This is the first project that the Association of Vietnamese Communities in Korea cooperates in the medical field to bring better health benefits to Vietnamese people. Photo: KT

Vietnam has set an ambitious target to send 10,000 workers to South Korea (RoK) by the year 2023. So far this year, the country has already sent 3,600 laborers to the East Asian nation through the Employment Permit System (EPS) program. This indicates the increasing demand for Vietnamese workers in South Korea and highlights the success of the EPS program in facilitating labor migration between the two countries.

Last year, Vietnam sent nearly 9,000 workers to the Republic of Korea (RoK) under the Employment Permit System (EPS) program. This was part of a program that aimed to send a total of 70,000 workers from 16 selected countries to the RoK.

Also, the RoK’s largest telecom company, KT, will work with Dong-A ST, a Korean pharmaceutical company, to develop a Vietnamese language-based medical information platform, KT announced on June 14. Therefore, Dong-A ST will create new medical education content to enable Vietnamese medical workers to learn about RoK’s medical technology.

Through its new platform called “Mediflix,” set to be released in July, KT aims to provide Vietnamese users with the opportunity to watch replays of offline seminars, attend online lectures, and receive personalized advice from instructors. Not only that, but KT is also considering the possibility of hosting joint seminars with Vietnamese hospitals through the Mediflix platform.

The telecom company has formed an advisory group consisting of medical staff from five Korean hospitals. The group will collaborate to develop curriculums and participate in creating and distributing educational content.

Hannah Nguyen