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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2011;54(11):1164-1171.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2011.54.11.1164   
Medical professionalism in Korea: a sociological view
Byong Hee Cho
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. chob@snu.ac.kr
A profession is characterized by advanced theoretical and systematic knowledge, which can provide that profession with autonomy and authority. This paper examines the factors affecting the realization of complete professional autonomy such as the market and capital, patients, and the state. The primary factor of weak autonomy is due to the undifferentiated interests of professionalism from the influence of capital. The second factor is the ineffective system of self-regulation over physician behavior. The third factor is the underdevelopment of medical values, which could override the current conflicts between physicians and the state.
Key Words: Professionalism, Medical profession, Autonomy, Medical market


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