In July of last year, a nurse working at Asan Medical Center in Seoul collapsed from a brain hemorrhage.
However, he was rushed to another hospital because there was no doctor at the hospital at the time, but he died in the end.
The place where the nurse worked was the largest hospital in Korea, but that happened because two doctors who could perform brain hemorrhage surgery were on duty 365 days a year.
The government has come up with measures to save essential medical care that is in crisis.
First, I am Yoo Seung-hyun, a medical reporter.
The government's essential medical support measures are focused on severe emergencies such as cardiovascular disease and severe trauma.
The current 40 Regional Emergency Medical Centers will be transformed into up to 60 Severe Emergency Medical Centers, enabling 24-hour surgeries.
However, since it is impossible to suddenly increase the number of surgeons, it seems that it will be operated as a 'rotational duty system' for the time being.
It is to prevent 119 ambulances from wandering by setting a hospital on duty for each day of the week so that emergency surgery can be performed at any time in at least one hospital in the region.
This system is still in operation, but the participation rate is low as it only pays up to 500,000 won only for surgery, and there is no compensation for those who only wait.
[Hyeon Dong-geun/Financial Director of the Korean Society of Neurosurgery: This should be said to be temporary.
What is practically important is that the state's master plan on how to expand and grow manpower must be prepared first.]
Local governments have to regularly investigate doctors who can operate by disease and create an on-call schedule, but in the case of surgeons with many surgeries and various specialties, it is impossible to organize an on-call order itself.
[Shin Eung-jin/Chairman of the Korean Society of Surgery: Because there are many departments.
I have liver damage and need surgery, but it's not easy to do well if you don't major in it.
You can't know that in advance again.]
For emergency surgeries on nights and holidays, we decided to add up to 200% from the current 100%, and provide additional compensation for some high-level and high-risk surgeries.
However, there is also criticism that increasing compensation cannot suddenly increase the number of doctors in that field.
(Video coverage: Kim Kyun-jong · Park Young-il, video editing: Oh No-young, CG: Seo Dong-min · Lim Chan-hyuk
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