Now, let's look at the structural reason for the shortage of doctors in this important department.

It is said that doctors and hospitals are ignoring this burden because they have to always be prepared for emergencies, and as they are directly related to life, their responsibilities are heavy, and there is not enough support.

Medical reporter Yoo Seung-hyeon also pointed out the alternatives.


Hansol, a doctor at a university hospital, thought that she could revive a cardiac arrest patient with her own hands, so she chose emergency medicine.

The reality for her was not as easy as she thought.

The constant waiting in tension, various responsibilities, and extreme stress are the reasons why young doctors are reluctant to go to emergency medicine, neurosurgery, and obstetrics and gynecology.

The shortage of manpower in unpopular departments has now reached a serious level.

[Hansol Yeo/Chairman of the Korean Medical Association: I think the disaster has already begun.

Already in recent years, there are situations in which manpower for such essential departments are not supported (serious).]

As of 2020, the number of neurosurgeons in Korea is 3,200, which is more than that of the United States in terms of the total population.

However, the field of specialization is subdivided into spinal diseases, peripheral nerve diseases, brain tumors, and cerebrovascular diseases.

Among them, there are few doctors specializing in cerebrovascular diseases, but all of the five major hospitals in Korea have less than five.

In particular, there are only 146 doctors nationwide who can perform cerebrovascular surgery by opening the skull.

Only 5% of all neurosurgeons.

[Jeong Jae-hyun / Vice President of Korean Hospital Doctors Association: Blood vessels are a bit difficult.

Also, the patients are heavy, so there aren't many.

You can't stay on your own.

365 days.]

There is another reason why there are no surgeons even in general hospitals.

Even for cerebrovascular surgery involving two or three doctors, anesthesiologists and nurses, the government pays 2.9 million won to 3.7 million won for hospitals. do.

[Woo Bong-shik/Director of Medical Policy Research Institute of the Korean Medical Association: Because the fee is too low (recruitment of a surgeon), they avoid it, and because there is no doctor who can provide treatment because of the avoidance, the patient care becomes poorer and the vicious cycle

is improved .]

Together, emergency departments such as brain and heart need to consider establishing legal standards for minimum manpower.

(Video coverage: Kim Won-bae, video editing: Lee Seung-hee, CG: Ban So-hee, Uhm So-min)

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