J Korean Diabetes > Volume 12(2); 2011 > Article
The Journal of Korean Diabetes 2011;12(2):65-68.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4093/kcd.2011.12.2.65    Published online June 1, 2011.
왜 보건복지가족부는 당뇨병을 경증으로 생각할까?
Why Does the MOHW Consider Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus to be a Slight Illness?.
Tae Sun Park
Chonbuk National University Medical School Endocrinology and Metabolism, Jeonju, Korea. pts@jbnu.ac.kr
Recently, the Ministry of Health & Welfare (MOHW) announced a policy that patients that are only slightly ill cannot go a general hospital or a tertiary facility without bearing some of the medicine expense themselves. The MOHW has established a committee to make decisions on what constitutes a slight illness, and the committee has defined 51 diseases as such. Unfortunately, all type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has been included, with the exceptions of diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome. Why do MOHW administrators and committee members consider T2DM to be similar to the common cold as a slight illness? My intention is they don't know the fact that chronic disease, such as T2DM, not managed effectively without general hospitals. If they think so, they do not know the importance of the management and outcome of T2DM. I sincerely recommend that MOHW and committee members withdraw such an absurd policy and create an alternative policy.

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