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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2018;61(11):638-642.
Published online November 20, 2018.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2018.61.11.638   
Medical charges and the cold reality of surgeons of Korea
Soo Min Jung
Department of Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. soomin.jung@samsung.com
Surgery is a very hands-on area of medical care, in that surgeons identify problems in patients' bodies and directly change them through operations. Therefore, it is not only necessary for surgeons to have a high level of expertise, but also to take considerable responsibility for the outcomes of each operation. However, surgery, which was once an object of envy, has long been a process to avoid, due to various circumstances, such as abnormal medical expenses in the medical field and social phenomena that avoids difficult work. It is unfortunate that medical professionals do not receive sympathy from others within the same medical field because of the general difficulties of the profession. The fundamental problem in this situation is the abnormal profit structure of the Korean medical system. Efforts by various related organizations will be needed to objectively evaluate the problems of the current medical insurance system and to make reasonable adjustments considering the difficulty, frequency, and resource-intensiveness of medical care.
Key Words: Surgery, Surgeons, Fees, medical, Insurance, Diagnosis-related groups


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