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The bio-pharmaceutical business outlook in South Korea remains positive.

Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 37, Issue 8, pp. 36-37

Moving forward in South Korea
South Korea has sustained rapid growth, low debt, and resilience to global financial stress. South Korea's high-quality healthcare system has stimulated demand for medical tourism with strong government support. Implementation of free-trade agreements with the EU and US will likely have a considerable positive impact on the healthcare market through IP protection, opening of access to the single-payer government system, and a reduction in trade tariffs (estimated to eliminate 95% of tariffs within five years). Overall, the pharmaceutical and biotech business outlook in South Korea remains positive.

On the flip side, manufacturers will need to keep a close eye on reimbursement reform as it progresses, and be prepared to provide both strong clinical and economic data to justify pricing and market access.

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