Conflict of Interest Groups on the Health Insurance Policy Deliberation Committee Affect the Medical Insurance Cost of Physical Therapy

건강보험정책심의위원회의 이익집단 간 대립이 물리치료 수가에 미치는 영향

  • Kim, Yushin (Department of Health Science, Graduate School of Korea University) ;
  • Yoon, Bumchul (Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Science, Korea University)
  • 김유신 (고려대학교 일반대학원 보건과학과) ;
  • 윤범철 (고려대학교 보건과학대학 물리치료학과)
  • Received : 2013.03.12
  • Accepted : 2013.04.15
  • Published : 2013.04.25

Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study was to demonstrate that non-participation of physical therapists on the political decision-making committee results in invasion of their interests. Methods: To demonstrate the effects, we analyzed the change of medical insurance score decided by the Health Insurance Policy Deliberation Committee between 2001 and 2012 years, focusing on medical examination as the interest of the participation group and physical therapy cost as interest of the non-participation group. Results: Total medical insurance cost increased by 23.72%, on average. Medical examination cost increased by 23.90% and 37.66% in medical examination for new and established patients, respectively. However, physical therapy cost was reduced by 5.01%. The medical examination cost for physical therapy without medical checkup increased by 2.62%. Conclusion: This study shows that the physical therapy cost, related on the interest of the non-participative group in the Health Insurance Policy Deliberation Committee, rather decreased while the total medical insurance cost increased.These findings demonstrate the invasion of the non-participative group on the Health Insurance Policy Deliberation Committee. Thus, aggressive participation in political decision-making committee is necessary in order to protect and increase rights and interests of Korean physical therapists.

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