Support for Couples with Difficulties in Pregnancy

  1. Customized Health Service
  2. Mother and Child Health
  3. Support for Couples with Difficulties in Pregnancy

Qualifications to apply

  • One requiring an infertility procedure and who submits an “infertility diagnosis” written by a doctor

    강조An infertility diagnosis issued by an “infertility procedure doctor at a government-designated infertility procedure institution”

  • A couple experiencing difficulties in pregnancy who are currently legally married or confirmed by the public health center to have maintained a de facto marriage for 1 year from the date of application (as of the date on which an application is received for each session; system to support de facto marriage in effect after October 24, 2019)
  • At least one person of the couple shall hold nationality of the Republic of Korea as shown on their resident registration, and subscription for health insurance and insurance fee notifications shall be verified for both the husband and the wife
  • A recipient of medical care or one whose health insurance deductible is below 180% of the median income based on the amount notified for the previous month (as of the date of application)

Income distinction standard table by number of family members and membership type

(Unit: KRW)
Income distinction standard table by number of family members and membership type - Number of family members, Work, Region, Mixed
Number of family members Work Region Mixed
2 169,191 174,163 171,897
3 222,133 239,780 226,441
4 272,807 297,628 283,533
5 326,151 355,813 348,036
6 378,988 413,866 410,509
  • Health insurance deductible: excluding long-term recuperation insurance fees
  • How to calculate income for dual-income couples (A+B)
    • Person with higher health insurance fee (A) = 100% of the insurance fee
    • Person with lower health insurance fee (B) = 50% of the insurance fee

Details of support

  • Scope of support: A portion of the deductible from the expenses of external fertilization (fresh embryo, frozen embryo) and artificial insemination procedures, non-supported, 100% deductible
  • Number of procedures supported: Max. 7 for fresh, max. 5 for frozen, max. 5 for artificial insemination (however, supported only if health insurance is applied)
  • Max. expenses supported: 400,000 to 500,000 KRW (different upper limits for procedure expenses applied depending on type of procedure and age of woman)

Application period and location

  • Application period: Year-round (Mon-Fri, lunch break 12:00-13:00)
  • Location: Infant & Motherhood Team, Regional Health Department at Guro Public Health Center (7th floor)
  • Must apply to the public health center in the jurisdiction of the address of the wife as shown on her resident registration

Documents to submit (basic documents to attach)

  • One copy of the infertility treatment support application (located in the Regional Health Department on the 7th floor of the public health center)

    강조When filling out a privacy policy agreement, signatures of all members of the family shall be included.

  • One copy of the infertility diagnosis (from an infertility procedure institution designed by the government) – For a diagnosis issued after October 1, 2015, the effective period of sperm analysis results is 6 months from the date on which the diagnosis is issued.

    강조Couples in a de facto marriage may apply without an infertility diagnosis; they may submit a diagnosis separately after the completion of the procedure.

  • One scanned copy of the health insurance card (submission waived in case of consent to verification of administrative information through joint use)
  • One copy of health insurance payment confirmation (submission waived in case of consenting to verification of administrative information through joint use)

    강조Additional documents may be required if changes have been made recently to health insurance (previous month’s salary statement as of the date of application, etc.)

  • One copy of resident registration (submission waived in case of consent to verification of administrative information through joint use)

    강조Only the lineal ascendants and descendants as shown on the resident registration are included in the calculation of family members; if a couple resides in different registered addresses or is a multicultural family, a family relation certificate shall be submitted for each application.

  • Proof of business registration – if one person of the dual-income couple is self-employed (if the husband and wife are both self-employed, they shall either submit both of their proof of business registration or be registered as joint business owners)
  • One copy of an appointment certificate (insurance planner, etc.), contract, confirmation of fulfillment of contract (freelancer, etc.) or a document proving employment (A person from a dual-income couple to whom earned income does not apply including academy teachers, insurance planners, freelancers, etc. and whose health insurance is self-employment insured)
  • Proof of leave of absence to be submitted if an employee insured is on a leave of absence (previous month’s salary statement to be submitted together if it is a paid leave of absence of over 1 month)

    강조However, the above documents may be requested if the administrative information joint use program is suspended

  • Applicants in May: For an employee insured whose yearly calculated insurance fee for April has been notified as added or returned to exceed the income classification, April’s salary statement is to be submitted to judge the normal month’s amount. Thus, if an additional insurance fee is notified to exceed the income classification or if the insurance fee is notified as returned, and thus one who was not subject to support until March becomes the subject for support by the notified insurance fee for April, April’s salary statement (a copy shall be compared with the original) is to be submitted in addition to judge the normal month’s amount.
    (How to judge a normal month’s amount: salary of the previous month as specified on the salary statement x rate of health insurance deductible)

Documents to submit (additional documents to attach to prove de facto marriage)

  • Consent of procedure by the persons directly involved (to be submitted with their signatures) Download
  • One copy of the resident registration and family relation certificate for each person directly involved
  • An official document that can prove de facto marriage of over 1 year (or de facto marriage verification guarantee Download if the particular official document is not available)
  • One scanned copy of the ID of the guarantor (submission may be waived if records show that they have lived together for over 1 year at the same residence as shown on the resident registration)
  • One copy of the certificate of alien registration or the certificate of domestic residence report that can prove domestic stay for the past 1 year or longer from the date of application (For cases in which the person directly involved is a foreign resident, immigration records may be requested for submission in addition to the above document in order to prove domestic stay for the past 1 year or longer.)

Precautions

  • The effective period of a decision notification is 3 months (the support decision notification must be issued again if the 3-month period passes and the application and other relevant documents need to be re-submitted)
  • Selection criteria (criteria for calculation of insurance fees): At least one person of the couple shall hold the nationality of Republic of Korea (excluding those whose resident registration records have been completely erased) and, if one of them holds a foreign nationality, both of them shall be health insurance subscribers
  • Selection criteria (criteria for calculation of insurance fees): In the event that the qualifications have been suspended (due to study abroad, etc.), subjects are selected based on the insurance fees notified after restoring the qualifications
  • Precautions: A support decision notification shall be issued at the public health center prior to the start of a procedure and submitted to the hospital
  • No support available for bigamists

Contact

Regional Health Department, Guro Public Health Center+82-2) 860-2275, 860-3251