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Analyzing the historical development and transition of the Korean health care system

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  • Analyzing the historical development and transition of the Korean health care system
  • Kim,Chul-Woung
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Title Analyzing the historical development and transition of the Korean health care system
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Kim,Chul-Woung

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[Osong],[South Korea] : Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Date 2017-08
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Osong Public Health Res Perspect:vol.8(issue.4)
Pages 8
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Social Development < Social Welfare
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Abstract

Many countries facing drastically increasing health care expenditures have worked to make their health care systems more sustainable. Many European countries have attempted to minimize public expenditures and introduce privatization based on the principles of neo-liberalism. These countries have reformed, or are attempting to reform, their health care systems in order to minimize the financial burden on the public, while promoting market competition. In general, changes in health care systems have converged on neo-liberalism. The Korean experience has gone against this global trend, however. Korea integrated hundreds of health insurers into a single insurer system and has continued to increase public health care expenditure and benefit coverage in a manner counter to neo-liberalism, which demands a curtailment of public expenditures and a strengthening of competition. However, the share of public beds in 2007 was about 9.5% of the total number of beds in Korea, indicating an extremely weak public health care provision system relative to that of many other nations. These are the main characteristics of Korea’s health care system, arising from historical development processes