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Role of healthcare in Korean long-term care insurance

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  • Role of healthcare in Korean long-term care insurance
  • Kagn, Im-Oak; Park, Chong Yon; Lee, Yunhwan
  • The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences


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Title Role of healthcare in Korean long-term care insurance
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Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Kagn, Im-Oak; Park, Chong Yon; Lee, Yunhwan

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[Seoul, Korea] : The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences

Date 2012-05
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Journal of Korean Medical Science:vol. 27
Pages 6
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences
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Abstract

With the rapid aging of the population, Korea introduced public long-term care insurance for older people in 2008. The long-term care insurance was designed as a separate scheme from the national health insurance, with eligibility qualifications and the certification process based on functional disability, benefits and coverage of community-based and institutional care, and a financing structure through multi-party contributions. Delivering appropriate health services to long-term care beneficiaries who manifest a high prevalence of comorbid chronic conditions with rising healthcare costs, however, presents a particular challenge. The lack of coordination between the health and long-term care sectors, limited consideration of physicians’ assessments in the certification process, inadequate provision of health services in long-term care facilities, and overlapping and inefficient use of care resources act as barriers to providing comprehensive healthcare for older beneficiaries. (The rest omitted)