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Korean medicine coverage in the National Health Insurance in Korea : Present situation and critical issues

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  • Korean medicine coverage in the National Health Insurance in Korea
  • Lim, Byungmook
  • Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine


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Title Korean medicine coverage in the National Health Insurance in Korea
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Present situation and critical issues

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Lim, Byungmook

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[Daejeon, South Korea] : Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine

Edition 8
Date 2013-09
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Integrative Medicine Research:vol. 2(no. 3)
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding Elsevier
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Abstract

National Health Insurance (NHI) in Korea has covered Korean medicine (KM) services including acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and herbal preparations since 1987, which represents the first time that an entire traditional medicine system was insured by an NHI scheme anywhere in the world. This nationwide insurance coverage led to a rapid increase in the use of KM, and the KM community became one of the main interest groups in the Korean healthcare system. However, due to the public's safety concern of and the stagnancy in demand for KM services, KM has been facing new challenges. This paper presents a brief history and the current structure of KM health insurance, and describes the critical issues related to KM insurance for in-depth understanding of the present situation.