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Korea's national health insurance : Lessons from the past three decades

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Health Affairs is published monthly by Project HOPE at 7500 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814-6133. Copyright © 2011 by Project HOPE - The People-to-People Health Foundation. As provided by United States copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code), no part of Health Affairs may be reproduced, displayed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or by information storage or retrieval systems, without prior written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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Korea’s National Health Insurance—Lessons From The Past Three Decades
This study presents data on health care spending in South Korea in the three decades since 1977, the year its national health insurance—enacted in 1963—was enforced. National health insurance in South Korea is currently a single-payer program (that is both publicly and privately financed) that pays for privately provided health care. Universal c


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Title Korea's national health insurance
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Lessons from the past three decades

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Jeong, Hyoung-Sun

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Health Affairs

Date 2011
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Health Affairs:30/1
Pages 10
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Health
Social Development < Social Welfare

Abstract

This study presents data on health care spending in South Korea in the three decades since 1977, the year its national health insurance—enacted in 1963—was enforced. National health insurance in South Korea is currently a single-payer program (that is both publicly and privately financed) that pays for privately provided health care. Universal coverage was achieved in 1989. As a result, the household share of total national health spending fell from 87.8 percent to 54.6 percent during the three decades, and the out-of-pocket share dropped from 87.2 percent to 38.0 percent. Although covered services have gradually expanded, benefits remain relatively low, and public funding is limited, leaving beneficiaries with relatively high copayments. Coupled with the fact that the government manages the schedule of fees paid to providers, the health care share of gross domestic product was a low 6.3 percent in 2007. (The rest omitted)