Sustainability of Korean National Health Insurance

Myoung Sheen Kang, Hoo Sun Jang, Minjee Lee, Euncheol Park

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Abstract

Korean National Health Insurance (NHI) was established during only 12 yr from its inception (1977-1989), providing universal medical coverage to the entire nation and making a huge contribution to medical security. However, the program now faces many challenges in terms of sustainability. The low birth rates, aging population, low economic growth, and escalating demands for welfare, as well as unification issues, all add pressure to the sustainability of NHI. The old paradigm of low contribution - low benefits coverage - low NHI's fee schedule needs to be replaced by a new paradigm of proper contribution -adequate benefit coverage - fair NHI's fee schedule. This new paradigm will require reform of NHI's operating system, funding, and spending.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Volume27
Issue numberSUPP
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 1

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Fee Schedules
National Health Programs
Universal Coverage
Economic Development
Birth Rate
Pressure
Population

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  • Medicine(all)

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Kang, Myoung Sheen ; Jang, Hoo Sun ; Lee, Minjee ; Park, Euncheol. / Sustainability of Korean National Health Insurance. In: Journal of Korean medical science. 2012 ; Vol. 27, No. SUPP.
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