Healthcare Financing Reform and the New Single Payer System in the Republic of Korea: Social Solidarity or Efficiency?

20 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2003

Abstract

In July 2000, national health insurance in the Republic of Korea was transformed into a single insurer system. This major reform in healthcare financing resulted from the merger of more than 350 health insurance societies. Inequity in healthcare financing and the chronic financial situation of the health insurance societies for self-employed workers in rural areas have been the driving forces leading to the unified health insurance system. The unique institutional context together with political change opened the window of policy change, and various stakeholders such as politicians, rural self-employed workers, trade unions and civic groups were involved in the healthcare reform process. Fair income assessment of the self-employed and the role of the single insurer as a prudent purchaser of medical care will be vital for the new system to achieve its intended goal and improve social solidarity and efficiency of healthcare.

Suggested Citation

Kwon, Soonman, Healthcare Financing Reform and the New Single Payer System in the Republic of Korea: Social Solidarity or Efficiency?. International Social Security Review, Vol. 56, pp. 75-94, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=377098

Soonman Kwon (Contact Author)

Seoul National University ( email )

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