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Interest groups' influence over drug pricing policy reform in South Korea

Authors
 Woojin Chung  ;  Han Joong Kim 
Citation
 YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol.46(3) : 321-330, 2005 
Journal Title
YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL
ISSN
 0513-5796 
Issue Date
2005
MeSH
Drug Costs/legislation & jurisprudence* ; Health Care Reform/economics* ; Health Care Reform/legislation & jurisprudence* ; Humans ; Korea ; National Health Programs/economics ; National Health Programs/legislation & jurisprudence ; Politics* ; Public Opinion*
Keywords
Health ; reform ; policy ; interest group ; politics ; drug price ; Korea
Abstract
In 1999, the Korean government made a drug pricing policy reform to improve the efficiency and transparency of the drug distribution system. Yet, its policy formation process was far from being rational. Facing harsh resistance from various interest groups, the government changed its details into something different from what was initially investigated and planned. So far, little evidence supports any improvement in Korea's drug distribution system. Instead, the new drug pricing policy has deteriorated Korea's national health insurance budget, indicating a heavier economic burden for the general public. From Korea's experience, we may draw some lessons for the future development of a better health care system. As a society becomes more pluralistic, the government should come out of authoritarianism and thoroughly prepare in advance for resistance to reform, by making greater efforts to persuade strong interest groups while informing the general public of potential benefits of the reform. Additionally, facing developing civic groups, the government should listen but not rely too much on them at the final stage of the policy formation. Many of the civic groups lack expertise to evaluate the details of policy and tend to act in a somewhat emotional way.
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DOI
10.3349/ymj.2005.46.3.321
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Han Joong(김한중)
Chung, Woo Jin(정우진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2090-4851
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/147380
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