Disability, poverty, and role of the basic livelihood security system on health services utilization among the elderly in South Korea

by Boyoung Jeon, Haruko Noguchi, Soonman Kwon et al.
Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 178, April 2017, pp. 175–183

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With rapid aging, many of the elderly suffer from poverty and high healthcare needs. In Korea, there is a means-tested and non-contributory public assistance, the National Basic Livelihood Security System (NBLSS). The purpose of this study is to show older population’s condition of disability and poverty, to evaluate the impact of NBLSS on health services utilization, and to examine the differential effect of the NBLSS by disability status among the elderly. The authors conclude that without NBLSS, the disabled elderly suffer from higher burden of health expenditure. Policy is called for to mitigate the difficulties of the severely disabled elderly without adequate social protection.

 

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