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Social policy and health insurance in South Korea and Taiwan : A comparative historical approach

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  • Social policy and health insurance in South Korea and Taiwan
  • Son, Annette H. K.
  • Uppsala University


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Title Social policy and health insurance in South Korea and Taiwan
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A comparative historical approach

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Author(English)

Son, Annette H. K.

Publisher

Stockholm:Uppsala University

Date 2002
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Uppsala Studies in Economic History:62
ISBN 91-554-5489-5
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Taiwan(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Social Development < Social Welfare
Holding Uppsala Unversity

Abstract

This dissertation deals with a comparison of social policy in South Korea and Taiwan.
By tracing the historical origins of the modern social security institutions, as
well as the historical process of modernization of medical care in Korea and Taiwan,
this study can identify the extension of entitlement to health insurance as one of the
most contentious social policy issues in the two countries.
Using a historical institutional approach, this study shows that, in both Korea and
Taiwan, the direct presidential elections as well as the diffusion of international
norms have been two important factors affecting the historical process of the extension
of entitlement to health insurance.
The significance of the direct presidential election factor should be understood in
the light of the distinctive political culture in Korea and Taiwan, where the political
decision-making has been highly concentrated around the major political leaders and
their personalities have assumed a prominent role in sociopolitical development. (The rest omitted)