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Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korean Medical Association ‘clash’ at KBS live debate

Vice Minister of Health and Welfare: “Demand for medical services is increasing rapidly, but there are few doctors… There is a particular shortage of hospital doctors.”

Chairman of the Medical Association’s emergency committee “The cause is avoidance of essential medical care… Doctor work will decrease due to AI development.”

Group withdrawal of majors continued for four days

Group withdrawal of majors continued for four days

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporters Kim Byeong-gyu, Seo Hye-rim, and Oh Jin-song = “The demand for medical care is rapidly increasing due to the aging population, but there is an imbalance in the supply of (doctors). Among hospitals, the number of salaried doctors working in hospitals has decreased, while the number of doctors in private practice has increased significantly. “(Park Min-soo, Vice Minister of Health and Welfare)

“In our country, there are no long waiting times (at hospitals) or no inability to see a specialist on the same day. I think the people will feel that there is no shortage of doctors.” (Kim Taek-woo, Emergency Response Committee Chairman of the Korean Medical Association)

The government and the medical community held an open debate over the expansion of medical schools and the collective action of residents who opposed it.

Park Min-soo, Second Vice Minister of Health and Welfare, and Kim Taek-woo, Chairman of the Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Medical Association (KMA), appeared on a special live broadcast of KBS 1TV’s current affairs program ‘Cases’ on the afternoon of the 23rd.

The two sides showed great differences of opinion on whether Korea has a shortage of doctors.

Vice Minister Park said, “Our country’s medical system has reached its limits and has begun to expose its problems. The demand for medical care is rapidly increasing due to the aging population, but an imbalance is occurring due to a shortage of (doctor) supply.”

He pointed out, “As a result, problems such as waiting times at large hospitals (long waits), medical treatment in and out of the city, emergency room hit-and-run, local hospital recruitment difficulties and high wages, (hospital) medical staff being on frequent duty, and an increase in PA nurses are emerging.” .

Prolonged group action by doctors, health care disaster crisis warning 'serious'

Prolonged group action by doctors, health care disaster crisis warning ‘serious’

He went on to explain, “Even within the same medical field, there is a severe imbalance,” and “If you look at the number of active doctors, while the price of private practice has increased by 3.8% over the past 10 years, the number of employed doctors in hospitals has increased by only 1.4%.”

In response to this, Chairman Kim countered, saying, “In our country, there are no areas where there is a long waiting time or where you cannot see a specialist on the same day. I think our people feel that there is no shortage of doctors.”

He said, “It is true that there is a shortage of salaried doctors and essential medical doctors (doctors), but the cause is not the number of (total doctors) but the avoidance of essential medical departments.” He added, “The government said that an increase of 10,000 is needed based on a report predicting the long-term projections for 10 years from now.” However, it is a report created without knowing how things will change in 10 years. The work of medical personnel will decrease in the future due to the development of artificial intelligence (AI),” he claimed.

Chairman Kim said, “We felt that the government’s unilateral announcement of ‘2,000 students (increasing the number of medical schools)’ was not a solution,” and added, “The government is worsening the problem by imposing extralegal sanctions in the process of talking.” criticized.

Regarding Chairman Kim’s claim that AI will reduce the workload of medical personnel, Vice Minister Park said, “AI is complementary, but it will not change the basics. Residents work 77 hours (per week), and we ask them to reduce it further in the future.” “There is a change in values ​​that emphasize work-life balance, and we need to increase the number of medical schools to take this into account,” he said.

Kim Taek-woo, emergency committee chairman of the Korean Medical Association, leaving the conference room

Kim Taek-woo, emergency committee chairman of the Korean Medical Association, leaving the conference room

Regarding the doctors’ claim that there is insufficient evidence for the ‘2,000 increase in personnel’, he said, “The report (which serves as the basis) reflected various scenarios, but from a conservative perspective, it was seen as a shortage of 10,000 people.” “Until 2018, we thought there was a shortage of 15,000 people,” he explained.

The medical community is protesting against the government’s announcement to increase the number of medical schools, claiming that the government did not properly consult with them. The Ministry of Health and Welfare counters that this has been thoroughly discussed, but the medical community has not proposed specific figures for increasing the number of medical schools.

Chairman Kim said, “If we really need to increase the number of doctors, we need to create a doctor manpower supply and demand estimation committee and discuss it thoroughly,” and during the medical issues consultative body (between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korean Medical Association), the talk of ‘2,000 people’ has never come up. “That’s why we are taking issue with it.”

In response, Vice Minister Park said, “We announced our plan to increase the number of troops during the President’s work report in January last year, and since then, we have met 28 times at the Medical Issues Council and discussed a lot.”

Regarding the point that the medical community has never presented a specific number, he explained, “We can’t talk about it (the extent of the increase) as if we were bargaining with the medical community.”

Attendees shouting slogans opposing the expansion of medical schools

Attendees shouting slogans opposing the expansion of medical schools

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