People seeking treatment for minor ailments，
such as the common cold， may soon have to pay more for services at large healthcare
institutions than at smaller hospitals. The health ministry is planning to revise
the current Medical Care Assistance Act in order to prevent patients who are receiving
government financial aid from seeking excessive medical treatment.
The revision， if passed， could take effect as early as next month.
Part of the plan involves increasing the amount a person pays for their medicine.
Under the revision， the amount paid by individuals eligible for aid would be raised to three－percent
of medicine costs，… from the current 500 won or 43 U.S. cents.
An estimated one－point－four－million patients received government aid last year
to help cover their medical expenses.