Health Policy Manag.  2019 Sep;29(3):245-247. 10.4332/KJHPA.2019.29.3.245.

The Urgent Need to Establish the Plan for Development of Health and Medical Services

  • 1Editor-in-Chief, Health Policy and Management, Seoul, Korea.


Although 19 years have passed since the enforcement of the Framework Act on Health and Medical Services, the Plans for Development of Health and Medical Services has not been established. This Plan is a 5-year basic long-term plan that covers the whole of health and medical services. This Plan should point to the direction of 30 long-term plans of healthcare, and this Plan should serve as a combination and coordination of 30 long-term plans and 22 related laws. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan have established long-term healthcare plans (4-, 10-, and 20-year plans, respectively). The long-term health plan of the United States has been approached bottom-up, those of the United Kingdom and Japan have been approached top-down. The rapid environmental changes that Korea is and will be experiencing emphasize urgently the need for establishing the Plan for Development of Health and Medical Services.


Plan for development of health and medical services; Long-term plan; Necessity; Urgency

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Delivery of Health Care
Great Britain
United States
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