J Korean Acad Oral Health.  2017 Mar;41(1):43-49. 10.11149/jkaoh.2017.41.1.43.

A study on the ecosystem of welfare technology using social economy: a case study of dental clinics in health welfare social cooperative

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, The Graduate School, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Dental Services Management and Informatics, The Graduate School, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Physical Education, College of Education, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Social Welfare, College of Social Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. hoonco@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: In this study, we strived to determine the possibility of socioeconomic welfare in oral healthcare by analyzing the National Health Insurance (NHI) coverage rate. To date, efforts to realize the “social economy” of healthcare are active. While oral disease is common and chronic among Koreans, the rate of NHI coverage of dental clinics is substantially lower than that of the medical clinics.
METHODS
We defined the NHI coverage of dental clinics as a proxy for “social skills” to improve oral health problems. The data were collected through a comparative analysis of the NHI coverage of dental clinics and that of non-dental clinics, in health welfare social cooperatives.
RESULTS
The NHI coverage rate of the dental clinics in health welfare social cooperatives ranged from 0.97 to 2.62 times that of the non-dental clinics in health welfare social cooperatives.
CONCLUSIONS
In conclusion, responsible management is recommended for making health welfare social cooperatives meaningful as a social economy.

Keyword

Insurance coverage; National health insurance; Social medicine; Social welfare
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