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Number of Licensed Medical Personnel and Employed Health Care Providers

  • In 2016, the number of licensed medical personnel increased 2.4% to 118,696, compared to the 2015 level. Among them, dentists accounted for 29,632 (up 2.4%), Traditional Korean Medicine Doctors 23,845 (up 2.9%), pharmacists 66,992 (up 2.3%), and nurses 355,772 (up 5.1%).
  • In 2016, the number of employed health care providers reached 621,189, which indicates an annual average growth of 9.1% since 2010. Among them, 56.3% work in hospitals, 41.3% in clinics and maternity centers, and 2.4% in public health centers.
Trends in Licensed Medical Personnel(2000-2016)
Trends in Licensed Medical Personnel(2000-2016)

Unit:Number of persons

Trends in Licensed Medical Personnel(2000-2016)
category 2000 2005 2010 2013 2014 2015 2016
Doctors Oriental Medicine 12,108 15,271 19,132 21,287 22,007 23,178 23,845
Dentists 18,039 21,581 25,390 27,398 28,123 28,942 29,632
Pharmacists 50,623 54,829 60,956 63,292 63,150 65,510 66,992
Doctors 72,503 85,369 101,443 109,500 112,407 115,976 118,696
Nurses 160,295 213,644 270,274 307,797 323,041 338,629 355,772
Trends in the Number of Health Care Providers(2010, 2016)
Trends in the Number of Health Care Providers(2010, 2016)
2010

Unit:Number of persons

Trends in the Number of Health Care Providers(2010)
Doctors Dentists Oriental Medicine Doctors Pharmacists Nurse Other
82,137(19%) 20,936(5%) 16,156(4%) 3,740(1%) 116,071(26%) 199,139(45%)

2010 : 438,179 in total

2016
Trends in the Number of Health Care Providers(2016)
Doctors Dentists Oriental Medicine Doctors Pharmacists Nurse Other
97,7132(16%) 24,150(4%) 19,737(3%) 4,949(1%) 179,989(29%) 294,651(47%)

2016:621,189 in total

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