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Ministry of Health and Welfare: “The absolute shortage of doctors is worsening the problem of doctor manpower distribution”

Medical industry: “Even if we maintain the number of medical schools as the population decreases, the relative number of doctors will increase significantly.”

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kim Jan-di and Seo Hye-rim = The Ministry of Health and Welfare and the medical community, which are at odds over increasing the number of medical schools, faced off in their first public TV debate on the 20th, starting with the reality judgment on whether there is a shortage of doctors.

Those in favor of increasing the number of medical schools argued that the shortage of doctors would worsen the distribution problem, while those opposing it maintained that there was no shortage of doctors, citing high accessibility to medical care.

Yoo Jeong-min, head of the strategic team at the Central Accident Response Headquarters of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and Lee Dong-wook, head of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Association, appeared on MBC’s ‘100 Minute Debate’ and confirmed this difference in position.

Currently, medical groups such as the Korean Medical Association are strongly opposing the government’s announcement that it will increase the number of medical school students by 2,000 for the 2025 school year. The residents collectively submitted their resignations in protest against the government policy and stopped working.

On this day, there was a ‘conflict in increasing the number of medical school students…’ In addition to Team Leader Yoo and Chairman Lee, in the TV debate held on the topic of ‘A medical crisis is a problem,’ Kim Yoon, a professor of medical management at Seoul National University College of Medicine, appeared as a person in favor of increasing the number of medical schools, and Jeong Jae-hoon, a professor of preventive medicine at Gachon University of Medicine, appeared as a person opposed to the medical school expansion.

Team Leader Yoo said, “It is diagnosed that there will be a shortage of doctors now and in the future,” adding, “There are already cases where (patients) are not receiving treatment on time due to gaps in local medical care and essential medical care, and despite the rapid increase in medical demand due to the rapidly aging population.” “We have to be prepared,” he said.

In particular, it was seen that there was a mixture of absolute numerical shortage and distribution problems.

Team Leader Yoo said, “There is an absolute shortage in the number of (doctors), and because of this, it is difficult to find doctors, and all these personnel are concentrated in the metropolitan area,” and added, “The problem of the shortage of doctors is worsening the (doctor manpower) distribution problem.” did.

Those who are opposed to increasing the number of medical schools emphasized that it should be taken into consideration population changes due to low birth rates, the number of times people use outpatient clinics, and high accessibility to medical care.

Chairman Lee said, “The number of births is decreasing, so even if we leave the medical school quota the same, (the relative number of doctors) is bound to increase further in the future,” and added, “Furthermore, we need to look at the number of times our people use medical care and their accessibility.”

He said, “Our people are using medical care 2.5 times the average of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),” and “Is it okay to increase the number of doctors in a situation where there is already an oversupply compared to other countries (in terms of the number of times medical care is used)? “He asked back.

At the same time, he said, “It is a problem of the working environment, and it is a problem that university hospitals are lined up and local hospitals are empty.” He argued, “The problem of reallocating patients and doctors is not an urgent priority, and increasing the number of medical schools is not an urgent priority.”

In response, Professor Kim said, “In Korea, the number of doctors per 1,000 people in 2021 is 2.6, which is below the OECD average. The bigger problem is that OECD countries have significantly increased the number of medical schools,” adding, “If we reflect the recent increase in the OECD, Korea will have “Unless we double it, the gap will get bigger,” he said.

Professor Jeong countered by saying, “It is difficult to give a definitive answer now as to whether there is a shortage of doctors. Both life expectancy and accessibility to medical care are quite high in our country, but if there is a shortage of doctors, will these results be maintained?” .


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