From next year, the criteria for accreditation of insurance premiums for oriental medical treatment items such as cupping and chuna therapy paid by automobile insurance will become stricter than now.
According to the insurance industry on the 19th, according to the revision of the Automobile Damage Compensation Act, the ‘Automobile Insurance Medical Fee Deliberation Committee’ under the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport will determine the standard for car insurance medical fees from January next year. Before announcing the price standard, the council to which the industry and experts belong actually deliberates on the price and duration of treatment applied to a specific treatment practice.
In the meantime, the standard for car insurance rates has been criticized for lack of professionalism and inaccuracy. In particular, it was pointed out that oriental medicine treatments such as acupuncture and cupping caused excessive treatment because the criteria for the number of procedures and dose were not clear. In addition, the problem of ‘set claim’ was raised, in which patients were provided with oriental treatment with overlapping effects such as cupping, moxibustion, and herbal medicine at the same time, and then claimed for insurance together. According to the Financial Supervisory Service, the cost of oriental medical treatment for car insurance last year was 884.9 billion won, an increase of 186.6 billion won (26.7%) from the previous year, exceeding that of Western medicine (796.8 billion won). An insurance industry official said, “The revision of the law has provided an institutional basis for improving the number of items that were not covered by oriental medicine, which had been controversial for overtreatment. will appear.” Reporter Shin Ji-hwan [email protected]
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