Challenges of care work under the new long-term care insurance for elderly people in South Korea

Authored by: Yongho Chon

The Routledge Handbook of Social Care Work Around the World

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472479457
eBook ISBN: 9781315612805
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To cope with the new social risks associated with the increase in numbers of the ageing population in need of long-term care (LTC), the South Korean government introduced a new long-term care insurance (LTCI) in 2008. To expand the long-term care service providers and care workers in a short period, various policies of marketization of care have been actively implemented. While the concept of marketization of care can be defined in different ways, this chapter refers to it as ‘the active use of private sector forces in the LTC market, the promotion of market principles in the provision of LTC and, in particular, competition among service providers and choice rights for service users’ (Brennan et al., 2012, p. 379). In addition, ‘care workers’ refers to those who provide a number of direct social care services to elderly people with LTC needs, such as body assistance and domestic chores. The care worker is not allowed to provide any medical service under the Korean LTCI.

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