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Care services for frail older people in South Korea

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  • Care services for frail older people in South Korea
  • Oh, Kyeung Mi; Warnes, Anthony M.
  • Cambridge University Press


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Title Care services for frail older people in South Korea
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Oh, Kyeung Mi; Warnes, Anthony M.

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[Cambridge]:Cambridge University Press

Date 2001-10
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Ageing and Society:vol. 21(Iss. 6)
Pages 21
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Population
Social Development < Social Welfare
Holding Cambridge University Press

Abstract

This paper examines the changed social circumstances of older people in South Korea and specifically the increased need for formal health and social services for those who are frail and have no informal carers. The article begins with a summary account of the country's exceptionally rapid demographic, economic and social transformations, which demonstrates a widening gap between the population's expectations and needs, and health and social service provision. It then examines the recently initiated and now burgeoning welfare programmes, with particular attention to health and social services for sick and frail older people. Most extant care services are accessed mainly by two minorities: the very poor and the rich. The dominant policy influence of physicians and a history of conflict between traditional and western medicine probably underlies the low current priority for ‘care’ as opposed to ‘cure’, as also for the management of chronic conditions and rehabilitation. (The rest omitted)