Based on the belief that in order to advance the national healthcare system, public healthcare programs should be enhanced and implemented, this study conducted a comprehensive analysis on the current state and issues of maternal and child healthcare in Korea, to pose policy recommendations.
The study analyzed the medical records of infants, children, and mothers, records on the contraction of disease and death, as well as the statistics on maternal and child healthcare. As a result, it found that in order to address the current issues of the healthcare system—which has undermined the health of pregnant women, mothers and children—Korea should transition from a diagnosis-centered medical service delivery system and focus on preventive medical healthcare by covering basic preventive medical services, such as prenatal/postpartum care, vaccinations, and healthcare service for infants and children. There should be a paradigm shift in approaching maternal and child healthcare system issues, from treatment after the manifestation of a disease, to a more customized, detailed, and quality service that can fulfill the needs of mothers and children.
Based on these findings, the policy recommendations for maternal and child healthcare system are as follows: first, there should be public programs focused on infant and child healthcare, public campaigns and PR activities for breastfeeding, a record and management system for high-risk births, and more NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) facilities that provide local prenatal care services. In addition, polices should be devised with regard to: conducting amniotic fluid tests for elderly pregnant women with a high risk of bearing Down’s Syndrome babies, setting medical fees for childbearing at an optimal level, reviewing medical benefits, and devising proper measures to better respond to the issue of the increasing number of Caesarean operations.
As for a better maternal and children statistics system, the current report system on mother and child mortality should be revised and improved, and a management system for the maternal and children statistics system at the local level, in alliance with insurance networks, medical facilities, and public health centers should be devised. Lastly, it should be noted that the collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Society (National Health Insurance) and the Statistics Bureau (the dynamic demography report system) is a prerequisite for efficient data management, as the statistics on mothers and children are derived based on the demography
- 모자보건의 정책과제와 발전방향(Policy recommendations for the better maternal and child health care)
- 박인화; 황나미
모자보건의 정책과제와 발전방향(Policy recommendations for the better maternal and child health care)
서울 : 한국보건사회연구원
|Series Title; No||연구 / 1993-16|
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Social Development < Health|