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No Major Service Disruption Reported Despite Trainee Doctors’ Strike

No Major Service Disruption Reported Despite Trainee Doctors’ Strike

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Trainee doctors at hospitals on Friday launched a one-day strike in protest of the government’s medical workforce reform plan, but there was no major disruptions reported as hospitals mobilized alternative health workers. The Korean Intern Resident Association (KIRA), a group of interns and resident doctors, began the 24-hour walkout [...]

Gov’t Mulls Changes to Medical House Call Program

Gov’t Mulls Changes to Medical House Call Program

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Discussions on the promotion of house calls, in which doctors at local hospitals visit elderly people or patients with severe diseases, are not easily concluded. The Health Insurance Policy Deliberative Committee received a report from the Ministry of Health and Welfare last Wednesday on how to promote the internalization [...]

Doctors and Patients At Odds over Operating Room Surveillance Cameras

Doctors and Patients At Odds over Operating Room Surveillance Cameras

SEOUL, Jun. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Doctors and patients are locked in a fierce debate over the issue of installing closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) in operating rooms. A petition on the Blue House website posted by the family of the late Kwon Dae-hee, a patient who died during surgery due to blood loss, has requested the [...]

Half of S. Korean Doctors Suffer from Traumatic Disorders Based on Residency Stress

Half of S. Korean Doctors Suffer from Traumatic Disorders Based on Residency Stress

SEOUL, Mar. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Almost half of all doctors in South Korea were found to be suffering from traumatic disorders due to the excessive amount of stress they typically receive from overwork and a lack of sleep during their residency years. InterMD, an information sharing platform for doctors, conducted an online survey of [...]

Overworked Doctors Prone to Mistakes; Patient Safety at Risk

Overworked Doctors Prone to Mistakes; Patient Safety at Risk

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The term ‘overwork’ means working excessively, which can result in extreme fatigue and exhaustion. Everyone knows that overwork can become a cause of all illnesses when accumulated. However, the concept of overwork in South Korea is quite relative and varies with one’s occupation. Depending on the job, people have different [...]

8 in 10 Doctors Experience Burnout due to Hard Work: Poll

8 in 10 Doctors Experience Burnout due to Hard Work: Poll

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Eight in 10 doctors in South Korea have experienced burnout symptoms, due to extreme physical and mental fatigue, a poll showed Wednesday. The poll of 1,004 doctors, conducted online by medical information provider InterMD on Dec. 26-27, found that 80 percent of them have suffered from burnout while working [...]

Few Overseas Dental and Medical Graduates Pass National Licensing Exam

Few Overseas Dental and Medical Graduates Pass National Licensing Exam

SEOUL, Jun. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent probe by a local legislator who sits on the National Assembly’s Health and Welfare Committee found that only 30 percent of graduates of overseas medical and dental schools were able to pass the Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination. Passing the exam is required if overseas graduates want [...]