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Tele-medicine services provided to nearly 610,000 people last February to September Updated: 2021-08-26 15:03:16 KST

The South Korean government, early in the pandemic, gave temporary approval to so-called tele-medicine, and data show more than 600-thousand people made use of these services last year.
This is according to the Korean Medical Association.
It says between February and September last year, nearly 610,000 people used tele-medicine, and there were around 8-thousand participating hospitals and clinics.
The services sought out the most were internal medicine followed by neurology and psychiatry.
There were high rates of usage in areas with surges in coronavirus infections, like Daegu and Seoul.
Though demand was high, 8 in 10 doctors surveyed said they were not in favor of tele-medicine because of concerns about patient safety.
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