A piece in the, again, the Chosun Ilbo notes a rather odd quirk that’s hurting the medical tourism industry.
Namely, a number of foreign couples who come to Korea for artificial insemination procedures are being denied the procedure because they aren’t officially married.
Korea’s biological ethnics law apparently requires couples to submit a marriage certificate or a similar certification before they can undergo an artificial insemination procedure. This particularly sucks for potential patients from Russia and elsewhere in the former Eastern Bloc, where—due to decades of rule by godless commies—only about 60% of couples living together are officially married.
Some 90% of foreign patients who come to Korea for fertility treatments come from Russia and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union. Over the last three years, the number of Russians who’ve come to Korea for fertility treatments has quintupled.
Anyway, some now ask if perhaps some flexibility might be required in the case of foreign patients.