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International Health Insurance News: Expats urged to donate blood

Expatriates in Korea are being encouraged to donate blood after it emerged that certain blood types are in short supply across the nation.

Asia One reports while in most countries approximately ten per cent of the population possess the blood type rhesus negative, it is much rarer among people of Asian descent.

However, the percentage of American and British people with the blood type currently stands at 15 and 17 per cent respectively, meaning it is much more prevalent.

In response to this issue, the Korea Red Cross has joined forces with the country's ministry of health and welfare to put measures in place to create a database of people who are able to donate, including expatriates with international medical insurance.

A ministry official explained: "If a foreigner can speak Korean or is accompanied by a third-party translator, we are more than willing to accept their donations."

According to the Korea Red Cross, only three in every 1,000 Koreans there currently fall into the rhesus negative category.

Earlier this year the Korea Times reported a foreign national has set up a blood donation scheme.

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