Achieving universal health insurance in Korea: A model for other developing countries?

Seung Hum Yu, Gerard F. Anderson

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Abstract

As developing countries explore alternative methods to provide universal health insurance coverage, one potential model is South Korea. In twelve years (from 1977 to 1989), Korea was able to achieve universal health insurance coverage first by mandating employer based health insurance coverage for medium and large firms and then by establishing regional health insurance systems for small firms, farmers and the self-employed. A government medical aid insurance program was instituted for low income citizens. The specifics of the plan and some of the issues encountered in implementing the plan may be of interest to developing countries who want to achieve universal health insurance while maintaining a significant role for the private sector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-299
Number of pages11
JournalHealth policy
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1992

Keywords

  • Developing countries
  • Korea
  • Private sector
  • Universal health insurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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