Health Policy Manag.  2019 Mar;29(1):90-97. 10.4332/KJHPA.2019.29.1.90.

Position Value for Relative Comparison of Healthcare Status of Korea in 2016

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  • 1Department of Public Health, Yonsei University Graduate School, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Institute of Health Services Research, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. ecpark@yuhs.ac
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

This study investigated the healthcare status of South Korea and member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). By employing the position value for relative comparison index, healthcare status was measured through the following components: demand, supply, accessibility, quality, and cost. Statistical analysis was conducted through the Mann-Kendall test from analyzing trends from 2000 onwards. Results showed that while Korea, on average, scores higher than the OECD average in most of the investigated components, it is below average in certain indexes including primary care and mental health care. Considering the various health issues that have been raised about these indexes, it is important these components be improved upon by policy-makers.

Keyword

Delivery of Healthcare; Position value for relative comparison; Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Health policy
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