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노인장기요양보험 이용현황과 제도확대방향의 모색

Observations on Long-Term Care Insurance Utilization and Implication for its Expansion

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Abstract

Long-term care insurance has been introduced in Korea a year ago, and we are in a stage requiring to set principles regarding the generosity of coverage and how to gradually extend the coverage. This study empirically analyzes how the long-term care insurance in Korea is operated. Special attention is given to who is the main beneficiary of the long-term care insurance introduction, and what is the factors influencing the elderly`s decision to apply for or use long-term care services. Use of a detailed information of individuals` public health insurance and long-term care insurance from administration data made it possible to control for health status, socioeconomic status including family type, housing tenure, income level. Logit models were employed to analyze the effects of various socioeconomic factors on the likelihood of applying and using long-term care services. Also, this study employed a survey questioning whether to ever willing to take other option as a alternative to residential care or home-care and the level of cash benefit for which they are willing to replace the formal care with informal care. The result indicated that although the poorest elderly population groups are in the greatest need for the long-term care service, they are in difficulty using the service due to economic burden. This implies the copayment amount needs to be adjusted in order for the poor elderly group to be able to get the benefit of the long-term care service.

Issue Date
2010-09
Publisher
한국보건행정학회
DOI
10.4332/KJHPA.2010.20.3.104
Journal Title
보건행정학회지
Start Page
104
End Page
122
ISSN
1225-4266
Language
Korean
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