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Caregiver Support Program

Purpose of the Program

Due to the high demand for medical services of the victims due to old age and diseases caused by the physical and psychological damages inflicted by their experiences as ‘comfort women’, this program is aimed at promoting the welfare of the women by supporting them with caregivers which is not part of the medical benefits they receive.

Legal Basis

Article 4 of the Act on Livelihood Stability and Memorial Services, etc. for Former Sexual Slavery Victims of the Japanese Imperial Army and Article 7-2 of its Enforcement Decree

Application Procedures

Application-Investigation-Support Decision-Payment

Application
Investigation
Support Decision
Payment

Eligibility

A person in need of a caregiver among those who are eligible for livelihood stability support, and who fall under one of the following categories:

  • Those who are being treated at a medical institution that was established under Article 3 of Medical Law
  • A person suffering from geriatric diseases

Details of the Support

Caregiver support is provided by the method of paying the nursing fee

It is composed of contents such as Category, All Day, Hourly
Category All Day Hourly
Hospital Unit Price 82,000 won 59,000 won
(Day/Night shift, 12-hour basis)
Special Unit Price* 93,000 won 70,000 won
Day/Night shift, 12-hour basis)
Home 82,000 won
(‘All day’ is applicable only to
those in need of intensive care)
65,000 won
(Day/Night shift, 12-hour basis)
8,590 won
(Hourly basis, up to 8 hours)
  • For at-home care, hourly unit price is applied when the duration is less than 9 hours. When using 10~12 hours, a special unit price up to 59,000 won is applied.
  • Special Unit price criteria :
    ① If the person is unable to walk due to paralysis or hemiplegia (for reasons other than paralysis and hemiplegia, a doctor’s note should be attached.)
    ② If the person has been admitted to an emergency room or a closed ward
  • If you have applied for more than the unit cost of the nursing care expense, you will be asked to pay for it.
  • If all day nursing is needed, intentional day/night shifts should be avoided.

The annual nursing fee is capped at 18 million KRW.

  • If the annual limit is exceeded, a prior approval should be obtained from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family within the budget of the local government project budget.

Payment Procedure

Application: Those who want to receive caregiver support should submit the application form for the payment of the nursing care expenses to the city, county, and county with supporting documents.

It is composed of contents such as Application Documents for the Payment of Nursing Fees
Application Documents for the Payment of Nursing Fees
In case of nursing services at a hospital In case of home care
(Within the same accounting month) Use 15 days or less ((Within the same accounting month) 16일 이상 사용
When being treated in a medical institution that was established by Article 3 of Medical Law If short-term care is required If chronic illness requires constant care

1. 1 copy of the application form for nursing fee payment

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2. 1 copy of medical fee bill or hospitalization confirmation certificate

1. 1 copy of the application form for nursing fee payment

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2. 1 sheet of proof of home care service performance certificate

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1. 1 copy of the application form for nursing fee payment

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2. 1 sheet of proof of home care service performance certificate

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3. 1 copy of medical certificate or 1 copy of affidavit from local (city, county, gu)

- Medical certificates issued by a qualified Korean medical practitioners are also recognized.

Investigation: Upon the receipt of the application for payment of the nursing fee, the administrative head of a city, county or gu shall conduct an investigate on the validity of the submitted information.

  • The caregiver shall be a person who has received prescribed training on nursing care.
    However, if caregivers are in short supply, they may be substituted by others who are capable of providing nursing services (except relatives).

Payment and redemption: Based on the results of inspection, administrative head of a city or province shall pay or redeem the nursing expenses in consideration of the following stipulations:

It is composed of contents such as Payment, Redemption
Payment Redemption
  • The payment of nursing expenses shall be limited to services received within 90 days based on the application date. (However, if a letter of explanation is submitted and acknowledged, the applicant may be paid for services beyond 90 days.)
  • Payments are to be redeemed if an applicant has received it using falsified information or other fraudulent methods or if a payment has been made by a mistake.
  • The person will receive a notification regarding the decision and a payment slip at least on 1 month prior to the payment deadline.
  • Interest shall not be applied to the nursing care expenses redeemed, and only the principal amount shall be collected.
  • The payment of nursing expenses shall be limited to services received within 90 days based on the application date. (However, if a letter of explanation is submitted and acknowledged, the applicant may be paid for services beyond 90 days.)
  • Payments are to be redeemed if an applicant has received it using falsified information or other fraudulent methods or if a payment has been made by a mistake.
  • The person will receive a notification regarding the decision and a payment slip at least on 1 month prior to the payment deadline.
  • Interest shall not be applied to the nursing care expenses redeemed, and only the principal amount shall be collected.

In principle, the support for nursing expenses should be provided directly to 'comfort women' victims who are in need of nursing care. However, direct payment to a guardian or caregiver is also possible in circumstance where the victim lacks cognitive abilities or due to other circumstances. (Exceptions are allowed; therefore, additional confirmation and thorough management are required.)