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Health and medical promises… Lee “Expansion of public hospitals”, 尹 “Compensation of private losses”, Ahn “Establishment of infectious disease hospitals”

The health care policy promises of major presidential candidates are coming out one after another.

According to the presidential candidates of the ruling and opposition parties on the 16th, Lee Jae-myung of the Democratic Party of Korea, Yoon Seok-yeol of People’s Strength, and Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party are all presenting government-led measures to respond to the health and medical crisis as pledges.

These are pledges that reflect the social consensus that the need to expand the national medical capacity is desperately needed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Candidate Jae-myung Lee promised to secure at least one public hospital for each of the 70 central treatment areas, and to build or expand the National University Hospital in areas where there is no hospital capable of treating serious diseases.

In addition, in order to secure enough essential medical manpower, the plan is to establish a national health and medical professional graduate school to nurture manpower, and to establish a medical school in areas where there is no medical school.

Candidate Seok-Yeol Yoon proposed that private hospitals pay for the installation and operation of negative pressure wards, intensive care units, and emergency rooms as public policy fees.

In an emergency situation such as the Corona 19 crisis, if a private hospital secures beds for seriously ill patients and medical personnel in advance, the government will compensate for any losses in the future.

From the point of view of private hospitals, it is an idea that comes from the awareness of the need to preserve beds because they have secured beds for new diseases, but if they are not filled, there is a loss.

The positions of Candidate Lee and Candidate Yoon have in common that they emphasize that the state should take responsibility for the most urgent and essential medical care in a situation of concern about medical collapse. However, Candidate Lee is focusing on the public-led supply of medical resources, and Candidate Yoon is focusing on the private-led supply of medical resources and then conserving them with private funds.

Candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, a former doctor, stressed the need to respond to COVID-19 from a mid- to long-term perspective and argued that the National Central Infectious Disease Specialty Hospital should be built as a medical response control tower that corresponds to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is a control tower for quarantine response.

In addition, he announced the ‘National Responsibility System for Mental Health’, saying, “Corona blue (depression caused by Corona 19) is at a serious level.” The main goal is to support 90% of mental health medical expenses through health insurance, and to provide emergency medical expenses for patients with high risk factors such as schizophrenia for quick treatment.

Meanwhile, among the promises in the medical field of this year’s presidential election, the thing that attracts the most attention among voters is the content related to ‘hair loss’.

Candidate Jae-myung Lee gathered topics as a pledge to apply health insurance to hair transplantation for hair loss treatment and severe hair loss treatment. Candidate Ahn Cheol-soo criticized this and offered a plan to cut the price of a hair loss drug copy (generic or generic drug) as an alternative, and competition is heating up.

However, it is known that the pharmaceutical industry is skeptical of the two candidates’ promises related to hair loss, saying that it is not realistic and it is not an urgent problem. Candidate Seok-Yeol Yoon has not made a particularly noteworthy position on the issue of hair loss.

Reporter Jeong Jeong [email protected]

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