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Health and long-term care systems for older people in the Republic of Korea : Policy challenges and lessons

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  • Health and long-term care systems for older people in the Republic of Korea
  • Jeon, Boyoung; Kwon, Soonman
  • Taylor and Francis


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Title Health and long-term care systems for older people in the Republic of Korea
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Policy challenges and lessons

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Jeon, Boyoung; Kwon, Soonman

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[Abingdon, U.K.] : Taylor and Francis

Date 2017-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Health Systems & Reform:
Pages 28
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding Taylor and Francis
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Abstract

The Republic of Korea experiences a rapid ageing of population with increased life expectancy and lowered fertility. National health insurance provides universal access to healthcare for all since 1989, and mandatory long-term care insurance (LTCI) was introduced in 2008, where everybody who contributes to health insurance simultaneously contributes to LTCI. Although health services and long-term care are universally accessible, health differentials remain across socioeconomic groups. LTCI covers about 7% of older people through eligibility assessment and provides benefits for institutional and home-based care, but cash-benefits in exceptional cases. LTC benefit eligibility has been criticized for being excessively reliant on physical functionality, and recently eligibility has been extended to people with dementia. In spite of the oversupply of LTC providers, quality of care has been a concern, which calls for more investment in the quality evaluation system and training of care workers. (The rest omitted)