Proposed master plan for reform of the national infectious disease prevention and management system in Korea

Jae Wook Choi, Jin Seok Lee, Kye Hyun Kim, Cheong Hee Kang, Ho Kee Yum, Yoon Kim, Kang Hyun Lee, In Seok Seo, Ick Gang Rim, Dong Ho Oh, Jung Chan Lee, Kyung Hwa Seo, Seok Yeong Kim

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Abstract

A Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)-coronavirus (CoV) cluster that attacked Korea in May 2015 revealed several weaknesses in Korea's health care system in the face of the crisis of an emerging infectious disease and its public health implications. This experience has shown that is necessary to prepare comprehensive countermeasures through the cooperation of civil and public agencies to prevent a second or even third MERS outbreak and to control future crises of infectious disease and public health. The MERS Policy Committee of the Korean Medical Association has thus proposed a master plan for reform of the national infectious disease prevention and management system to prepare a new framework for national infectious disease prevention and control. The specific targets of the master plan are improvement of the system of usage of medical services and of the medical culture among national health insurance subscribers, improvement of the emergency room management system to prevent the spread of infectious disease, the establishment of a support system to promote effective voluntary infectious disease prevention activities among medical institutions, the building of a public health crisis communication system in collaboration with medical organizations, the establishment of an independent Ministry of Health and capacity building of the Korea Centers for Disease Control (KCDC), the securing of an advanced research and development system in the field of prevention and control of infectious disease, and the capacity building of professional epidemiologists and personnel needed to prevent and control infectious disease. The five core strategies of the master plan have been planned by medical experts in this order of priority: the reform of the healthcare delivery system, the independence of the Ministry of Health and capacity building of the KCDC, fundraising for a public infection management fund, enforcement of medical organization infection control, and improvement of the emergency room management system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-728
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
Volume58
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Communicable diseases
  • Coronavirus Infections
  • Infection control
  • National master plan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Choi, J. W., Lee, J. S., Kim, K. H., Kang, C. H., Yum, H. K., Kim, Y., Lee, K. H., Seo, I. S., Rim, I. G., Oh, D. H., Lee, J. C., Seo, K. H., & Kim, S. Y. (2015). Proposed master plan for reform of the national infectious disease prevention and management system in Korea. Journal of the Korean Medical Association, 58(8), 723-728. https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2015.58.8.723