Choosing Wisely: The Korean Perspective and Launch of the 'Right Decision in Cancer Care' Initiative

Joo Young Kim, Kyoung Eun Lee, Kyubo Kim, Myung Ah Lee, Won Sup Yoon, Dong Seok Han, Sung Gwe Ahn, Jung Hun Kang

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Special Article Government healthcare expenditure is rising in Korea, and the costs incurred by patients in Korea exceed those incurred by patients in other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Despite the increasing health expenditure, patient demand for services is increasing as well, so it is now becoming recognized that cancer care needs to be balanced. The most important measure in cancer care optimization is to provide highquality care while keeping costs sustainable. The Korean Cancer Association considers the current situation of cancer therapy in Korea the foremost issue, which has led to the implementation of the nationwide 'Right Decisions in Cancer Care' initiative. This initiative is based on the concepts of medical professionalism in that it should be led by physicians working in the field of oncology, that education should be offered to patients and clinicians, and that it should influence healthcare policy. In this article, we introduce the nationwide 'Right Decision in Cancer Care' initiative and highlight the five initial items on its agenda. The agenda is open to expansion and update as the medical environment evolves and additional clinical evidence becomes available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-660
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Research and Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2020

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  • Cancer
  • Cost
  • Health care
  • Initiative
  • Policy
  • Quality
  • Right decision


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