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Journal of the Korean Geriatrics Society 2016;20(2):65-70.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4235/jkgs.2016.20.2.65    Published online June 30, 2016.
The Current Status of End-of-Life Care in Korea and Legislation of Well-Dying Act
Ji Eun Lee, Ae Jin Goo, Be Long Cho
<sup>1</sup>Department of Family Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul
국내 말기 의료 현황과 웰다잉법
이지은<sup>1</sup>, 구애진<sup>1</sup>, 조비룡<sup>1</sup>
Recently, the Well-dying Act was legislated in Korea, and it will come into force in 2018. The rapid aging of this society has made many older patients and their families suffer from pain and disability for a long time towards the end of life. Hospice care, when compared to life-sustaining treatment, can relieve such burdens. Regarding the decision of choosing hospice care at the end of life, advance care planning and advance directives can help people express their preference beforehand. In Korea, hospice care is still not actively used and most patients endure life-sustaining treatment until death. Many patients want hospice care, but there has not been a legal basis for such a decision, leading to social conflict and many legal problems. The Well-dying Act will provide a legal basis for such a decision. This will help establish and promote hospice care in Korea. However, sufficient discussion and preparation are required before enforcing the Act.
Key Words: Advance care planning, Advance directives, End-of-life care, Hospice care, Well-dying act

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