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HOME > POLICIES > Establishment of Health Insurance System centered on People > Strengthening of essential and public health care services and systematic response to infectious diseases

Strengthening of essential and public health care services and systematic response to infectious diseases

1. Reinforcement of essential and public health care services, and systematic response to infectious diseases

  • (Expansion of essential medical care) Establishment of a system for transferring high-risk mothers and newborn babies, centering on the National Medical Center, and the expansion of pediatric hospitals and obstetrics and gynecology hospitals in vulnerable areas.

    * Pediatric hospitals in vulnerable areas: 4 → 5 units, and obstetrics and gynecology hospitals in vulnerable areas: 35 → 37 units

  • (Support for medical personnel in vulnerable areas) Preparation for establishing a legal basis for founding the National Health Care College, the development of measures for improving the system of public health scholarship (December, 2017), and so forth.
  • (Reinforcement of emergency medical services) Reinforcement of responsible medical treatment at regional emergency and trauma centers, and preparation for and provision of the "information system to support every emergency patient" aimed at prompt coordination (from March, 2017)

    - Implementation of a system for performance rewards by linking the evaluation on regional trauma centers and the support of medical care costs, and promotion of the dispatch of emergency medical personnel (nurses) to vulnerable areas

    - Establishment of a video-based medical collaboration center (the National Medical Center), and 24/7 collaboration system for image interpretation

2. Establishment of a system for responding to infectious diseases

  • (Continuous expansion of response infrastructure) Establishment of central and regional hospitals specializing in treating infectious diseases (1 unit for each until 2020), and increase of negative pressure isolation rooms (NPIR) subject to designation by the government (118 units in 2016 → 194 units in 2017)
  • (Antibiotic resistance) Reduction of antibiotic use by 20% by 2020 based on the smooth implementation of the "national plan for antibiotic resistance control" (August, 2016)
  • (Tuberculosis) To reduce the incidence rate of tuberculosis to 50 per 100,000 persons by 2020 by conducting latent tuberculosis examinations by subject group

    * Employees at such facilities as daycare centers, medical institutions, etc.; students in the first year of high school; people aged 40 years old; enlisted soldiers, etc. (1.88 million persons in total)

    Reduction of antibiotic use by 20%, Incidence rate of tuberculosis

    * DDD (Defined Daily Dose): The number of patients taking daily doses of antibiotics/1,000 persons

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Last Update : 2017.4.21

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