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PM vows to bolster 'hallyu' medical industry

All Headlines 14:53 September 08, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Thursday said the government will make efforts to bolster the "hallyu" medical industry, so it can become a new growth engine for the national economy.

Hallyu is a term that refers to the Asiawide popularity of Korean music, TV dramas and films, but is also widely used to express the boom of South Korean goods and services abroad.

"Through the development of medical services, we can improve the public health and foster the health care industry as a new growth engine that can create more jobs," Hwang stressed at a policy coordination meeting.

Providing first-rate medical services to patients can moreover boost South Korea's image abroad.

The prime minister added the government will also ease regulations on the pharmaceutical and medical instrument industries to foster exports.

"We will also expand telemedicine systems to isolated and rural areas to expand accessibility to the health care services," he added.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn (R) speaks at a policy coordination meeting in Seoul on Sept. 8, 2016 (Yonhap)

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