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Light and shadows of the Korean healthcare system

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  • Light and shadows of the Korean healthcare system
  • Moon, Tai Joon
  • The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences


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Title Light and shadows of the Korean healthcare system
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Moon, Tai Joon

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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 4
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences

Abstract

This article reviewed achievements and challenges of the National Health Insurance of the Republic of Korea and shared thoughts on its future directions. Starting with large workplaces of 500 or more employees in 1977, Korea’s National Health Insurance successfully achieved universal coverage within just 12 yr in 1989. This amazing pace of growth was possible due to a positive combination of strong political will and rapid economic growth. Key features of Korea’s experience in achieving universal coverage include 1) gradual expansion of coverage, 2) careful consideration to maintain sound insurance finances, and 3) introducing multiple health insurance societies (multiple payer system) at the initial stage. Introduction of the health insurance has dramatically improved Korea’s health indicators and has fueled the rapid growth of basic medical infrastructure including medical institutions and professionals. On the other hand, the successful expansion was not free from side-effects. (The rest omitted)