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The Future of Telemedicine? Policy and Regulatory Debates in South Korea

This case explores the politics surrounding the South Korean government’s attempts to promote telemedicine projects in the 2010s. It provides the conflicting perspectives of two main actors: the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare (KMHW) and the Korean Medical Association (KMA). The KMHW sought to expand the use of telemedicine projects to reduce regional healthcare disparities and promote job creation and economic growth in relevant industries. The KMA and other interest groups opposed the KMHW’s efforts. The KMA was concerned that the expansion of telemedicine would diminish healthcare quality, spark disagreements over policies and regulations, and cause financial harm to some health care providers.

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