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Ethical Considerations on the Financial Incentive Systems at Hospitals in Korea

Cheong Yooseok ORD ID 1 Park Seok Gun 1

1단국대학교

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ABSTRACT

Many hospitals in Korea offer financial incentives to doctors based on the income they generate for the employers. These incentives encourage over-treatment and threaten professionalism by eroding the trust between physicians and patients. This article presents four cases that illustrate how these incentives can have adverse effects on institutional culture and pervert the delivery of medical services. This article also proposes the following guiding principles for an improved system of incentives: it should be designed with mandatory safe-guards to avoid harmful effects on patients; the overall purpose of the incentive system should be to improve the quality of medical care rather than to increase the income of hospitals; and the amount of money individual doctors can receive through financial incentives should remain modest so as to preserve institutional integrity. This article aims to promote more widespread discussions concerning the problems related to the incentive systems used by hospitals in Korea.

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