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How good is Korean health care? : An international comparison of health care systems

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How Good is Korean Health Care? An International Comparison of Health Care Systems
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The aim of the study is to assess the maturity of Korean health care in comparison of OECD countries and to provide a foundation from which the quality and competitiveness of Korean health care system is evaluated. Using data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the performance of the health care of thirty industrialized countries in 2003 are compared. The comparisons focus on three dimensions that have centered in health care debates across countries for years: access, cost, and outcomes. Even though Korea has successfully achieved universal health insurance in a short period of time and possessed highly advanced medical technologies, we find that Korean people pay more out-ofpocket expenditures on their health care and their health outcomes are relatively of low quality compared with other OECD countries.
Key words: Korean health care system; universal health insurance; out-of-pocket expenditure JEL classification: I1; O5
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1. Introduction Korean health care system has developed dramatically over the past three decades. Most remarkable achievement in its evolution is the completion of universal health insurance. Since 1977 when the government mandated compulsory medical insurance for employees and their dependents in large corporations with more than 500 workers, the national health insurance coverage k


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An international comparison of health care systems

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Shin, Jaeun

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Seoul : KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Edition Revised
Date 2005
Series Title; No KDI School Working Paper Series / 06-02
Pages 39
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Health
Holding KDI School of Public Policy and Management
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"The aim of the study is to assess the maturity of Korean health care in comparison of OECD countries and to provide a foundation from which the quality and competitiveness of Korean health care system is evaluated. Using data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the performance of the health care of thirty industrialized countries in 2003 are compared. The comparisons focus on three dimensions that have centered in health care debates across countries for years: access, cost, and outcomes. Even though Korea has successfully achieved universal health insurance in a short period of time and possessed highly advanced medical technologies, we find that Korean people pay more out-ofpocket expenditures on their health care and their health outcomes are relatively of low quality compared with other OECD countries."