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Int J Health Serv. 2005;35(3):561-78.

The Korean economic crisis and coping strategies in the health sector: pro-welfarism or neoliberalism?

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  • Seoul National University School of Public Health, Chongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. cykim@snu.ac.kr


In South Korea, there have been debates on the welfare policies of the Kim Dae-jung government after the economic crisis beginning in late 1997, but it is unquestionable that health and health care policies have followed the trend of neoliberal economic and social polices. Public health measures and overall performance of the public sector have weakened, and the private health sector has further strengthened its dominance. These changes have adversely affected the population's health status and access to health care. However, the anti-neoliberal coalition is preventing the government's drive from achieving a full success.

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