Current status and new policy direction of healthcare personnel in Korea

Chun Bae Kim, Pan Suk Kim

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The health insurance financial crisis and the aging population have overshadowed the South Korean healthcare market. Reforming healthcare has become a major policy issue in the upcoming presidential election on December 19, 2012. It is hard to imagine a time when expectations have been higher and the challenges have been greater for the next administration to create a sustainable healthcare system. Among healthcare policy problems, the new administration must keep in mind reforms for healthcare personnel. Accordingly, several intermediate and long-term actions and initiations for healthcare personnel can help lay the groundwork for sustainable development of Korea's healthcare system. Possible examples include balancing the supply plan of physicians and nurses according to the finances of the National Health Insurance, controlling the number of dentists, oriental medical doctors, and pharmacists, while enhancing health education specialists, and complementary and alternative medical therapists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)940-949
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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