On behalf of all its members, KMA firmly upholds and defends the rights of physicians to practice medicine in a self-regulatory manner, free of unnecessary government intervention.
The creation and maintenance of an atmosphere of professional freedom has been and remains the main purpose for the foundation and operation of KMA.
Developing and recommending modern health policies to the government is one of the main concerns of KMA.
For this purpose, KMA has its own Planning & Research Office and Research Institute for Healthcare Policy, which conducts health surveys, supervises the development of the health insurance system, promotes reform of the health insurance system, promotes reform of the health insurance fee system, and advocates improvements in medical education.
On this basis, it has made recommendations to the government. In addition, the planning and research office serves as a data bank, a channel through which members' opinions are collected, and provides health information services to the general public.
With special emphasis on the development of medical science, KMA is active in the following:
1) Promotion of research activities of specialized scientific societies.
2) Supporting funds for development of medical science.
3) Supporting medical statistical surveys to collect materials for scientific research.
Also, KMA hosts or sponsors medical congresses and symposia on a regular basis.
The world's leading medical scientists are invited to KMA-sponsored symposia such as the general scientific congress held every three years under the auspices of KMA, and the annual conferences organiced by the various specialist societies.
There are currently 41 medical schools being operated throughout the country, and their authorized total enrollment is 3,300.
At present, 74,594 licensed physicians constitutes a ratio of physician to population 1:635 in 2002.
This compares quite favorably with other countries within OECD. If, in addition, the 13,473 oriental medical practitioners and 11 oriental medical schools are included, the situation further improves considerably.
There the oversupply of medical manpower has given rise to serious problems such as poor medical schools, rising medical care fees, deterioration of medical services/practice etc. Since 1990, KMA has strongly opposed the newly established Medical Colleges and has advocated limiting enrollment.
In order to maintain the highest possible standard of professional competence in the continuing program, KMA requires its members to take 10 credits in the KMA CME.
KMA provides a wide variety of resources to local members for their convenience, such as self-study texts, program pools, and a touring lecturer system.
The number of medical facilities offered by the education program is as follows :
With the authority delegated in 1973 by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, KMA administers medical specialist qualification examinations in January of each year.
The examinations are held for a total 26 specialities and the number of specialists licensed and registered are as follows :
The rapid development of modern medicine demands close cooperation between professional abroad as well as at home. KMA dispatches delegates to the congresses of the World Medical Association (WMA) and Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO).
Also, KMA hosts and supports international meetings of its affiliated academic and speciality societies.
To cope with increasing malpractice disputes, KMA established its own voluntary insurance program for its members in 1981.
Ever since the plan was introduced, members have shown satisfaction with a self-administered malpractice insurance program, rather than using the services of commercial firms. Currently the Council of Arbitration of KMA deals with 400-500 malpractice disputes a year, and the numbers of members are as follow :
No. of practice
- Development a campaign for the prevention of infectious diseases such as AIDS
- Developing campaign for the an ongoing prevention of diseases such as B-type hepatitis, food oisoning
- Opening the Medical Counseling Office in 1995
- Promotion of the Anti-Smoking Campaign
- Inaugurating Promotion of Public Health Information in 2001
- Developing a campaign for the prevention of child abuse
- KMA News published semiweekly (Mon. & Thu.) enjoys a circulation of 48,000
- The monthly Journal of KMA enjoys a circulation of 40,000
- Other KMA publications include medical abstracts, profiles...
- Declaration on the Code of Ethics for the Medical Profession in 1961 (revised and expanded 1997)
- Declaration on the Ethics of Artificial Conception in 1993
- Declaration on the Guidelines of Ethics for the Medical Profession in 2001
- Developing others Medical Ethics Criteria