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Health care system structure and delivery in the Republic of Korea : Considerations for health care reform implementation in the United States

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  • Health care system structure and delivery in the Republic of Korea
  • Goldsmith, Rachel Linstead
  • University of Delaware


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Title Health care system structure and delivery in the Republic of Korea
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Considerations for health care reform implementation in the United States

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Goldsmith, Rachel Linstead

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[Newark]:University of Delaware

Date 2007
Pages 12
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding University of Delaware

Abstract

As part of its plan for rapid economic development, South Korea achieved universal health insurance in 1988. In the ensuing years, the national government has continued to adjust health care system structure and care delivery mechanisms in response to social and political changes, culminating in a single-payer system in 2000. Further reforms have included improvements in pharmaceutical distribution, efforts to contain costs, and development of programs to care for older adults. This paper examines the underpinnings of health care system development in South Korea and offers lessons for the United States as it implements the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which addresses similar systemic issues. (The rest omitted)