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J Korean Med Assoc. 2014 Jul;57(7):566-568. Korean.
Published online July 14, 2014.
Copyright © 2014 Korean Medical Association
Role and mission of the Committee of Health, Korean Medical Association
Hyung Kyu Kim, MD1,2
1Department of Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Committee of Health, Korean Medical Association, Seoul, Korea.

Corresponding author: Hyung Kyu Kim. Email:
Received March 03, 2014; Accepted March 17, 2014.

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Recently, some medical issues in Korea have become social issues, and even political issues. Therefore, the responsibility of doctors to embrace socio-medical issues has increased. In response to this need, the Korean Medical Association is building up its Committee of Health. The mission of the Committee of Health of the Korean Medical Association is to identify and/or develop appropriate responses to those medical issues that have harmful effects on health. The committee is comprised of five action committees: those for socio-medical issues, health information issues, food issues, cruel issues, and environmental issues. These individual committees will devise plans for how to respond to and treat such issues, and also engage in various activities with not only medical societies, but also with social, legal and public communication groups.

Keywords: Social power; Committee; Health; Korean Medical Association