OECD Reviews of Health Care Systems: Korea 2003

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How can the performance of the Korean health care system be improved? How have the July 2000 health sector reforms affected performance? This book investigates a set of policy challenges concerning the type of government interventions that are needed to promote health systems objectives in a mixed public-private context.

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The July 2000 Reforms

Process and Impact on Performance

In July 2000, two major reforms were implemented in the Korean health care system. First, the National Health Insurance was reformed from a multiple payer to a single insurer system by integrating autonomous insurance societies into the National Health Insurance Corporation (Integration Reform). Second, the functions of prescribing and dispensing of drugs were separated between doctors and pharmacists (Separation Reform). While the reforms were both completed in July 2000, preparation for both proceeded independently and with different original timetables...

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