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Changing health policy process : Politics of health care reform in Korea

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  • Kwon, Soonman
  • Harvard University


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Title Changing health policy process
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Politics of health care reform in Korea

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Kwon, Soonman

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[Cambridge, U.S.] : Harvard University

Date 2002-07
Pages 27
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Social Development < Health
Government and Law < Public Administration
Holding Harvard University
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Abstract

Korea recently had major health care reform in financing, pharmaceuticals and payment system for providers. The change in administration and the political will of the new president opened the policy window for the reform. The active role of the president and civic groups in p olicy formation, represents a major change in health policy process in Korea that for a long time government bureaucrats dominated. However, the gradual departure from the authoritarian regime has also empowered interest groups in policy process, and they became the major stumbling block in the policy implementation. In addition, due to the lack of strategic implementation plans as well as reform overload, government failed to effectively overcome a strong veto power of physicians, and the implementation failure resulted in greater social costs than expected. (The rest omitted)