Chang Kee-Ryo (장기려; b. August 1911 - d. December 1995) - a devout Christian philanthropist, Dr. Chang was also a prominent surgeon and educator. He dedicated his entire medical career to helping the poor and the needy to get proper medical treatment, even at the expense of helping desperate patients secretly escape the hospital when they were unable to pay.
He is credited with founding the Gospel Hospital in Busan. It is also reported that a decade before the Korean government introduced a national medical insurance program, Dr. Chang founded the Blue Cross Medical Cooperative in 1968 in Busan - South Korea's first form of health insurance - to assist the needy in properly paying for health service.
To learn more about this boldly humble Christian philanthropist, please refer to the following article weblink:http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/People/view?articleId=102794