Health Min. Candidate refuses to submit son’s private health records l KBS WORLD

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Health minister candidate Chung Ho-young refused to submit certain medical records related to his son’s exemption from active military service, citing the private nature of the information.

The request was made Tuesday by lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Party in the National Assembly’s Health and Welfare Committee.

In a press release on Tuesday, a team preparing for Chung’s confirmation hearing said records such as MRIs and CT scans are extremely personal and the candidate’s son is concerned about the spread of baseless rumors. if such information is disclosed to the general public.

The team said that all other documents related to the military exemption were submitted transparently, but MRI results showing the inside of a person’s body reveal sensitive information and it is understandable to have concerns about sharing this information with strangers.

To dispel the allegations and also prevent a leak of confidentiality, Chung suggested that her son undergo another medical examination at an institution chosen by the National Assembly.

The candidate faces allegations that he used his position as a former director of a university hospital to help his children get into medical school and avoid military service.

The son was deemed unfit for active duty in 2015, despite having been deemed fit for duty five years earlier.