J Korean Med Assoc.  2021 Aug;64(8):512-518. 10.5124/jkma.2021.64.8.512.

The present and future of the Korean Medical Practice Review Authority

Affiliations
  • 1The Korean Medical Practice Review Authority, Korean Medical Association, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Physiology, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Department of Neurosurgery, Korea University Anam Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

Background
The Korean Medical Association (KMA) has been working on medical appraisals for the last 30 years. In 2019, the Korean Medical Practice Review Authority (KMPRA) was established to systematically promote medical appraisal. In addition, regulations related to medical appraisals were amended, professional committees of KMPRA established, and medical case management programs developed. This study reviews the history, present challenges, and the future of KMPRA.
Current Concepts
The efforts made by KMA for the development of KMPRA have provided evidence of the excellence of medical appraisal system, with a highly professional, fast, and transparent medical practice review system. Nevertheless, KMPRA has not completely resolved the social distrust of fairness and the quickness of medical appraisals. It is necessary to identify the obstacles that exist in the current appraisal system for the continued development of KMPRA. Currently, KMPRA faces several challenges, such as lack of independence, financial constraints, dichotomized process of medical appraisal, and insufficient administrative manpower, in the process of handling thousands of requested cases. To improve the level of expertise of the professional medical appraisal system, independence, fairness, and speed of its process, KMPRA requires more attention and support from KMA and other major professional medical organizations.
Discussion and Conclusion
KMPRA is committed to fulfilling the social responsibility of fair medical appraisal, and it will ultimately contribute to resolving social conflicts derived from medical services and further improving trust relationships with the public.

Keyword

Medical appraisal; Fairness; Professionalism; Independence; 의료감정; 공정성; 전문성; 독립성
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