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. 2013 Jun;53(3):361-8.
doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt018. Epub 2013 Mar 25.

Korea: Balancing Economic Growth and Social Protection for Older Adults

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Korea: Balancing Economic Growth and Social Protection for Older Adults

Hyun-Sook Yoon. Gerontologist. .

Abstract

Population aging in Korea is projected to be the most rapid among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries between 2000 and 2050. However, social spending in Korea remains low, reflecting Korea's relatively young population, limited health and long-term care insurance coverage, and immaturity of its pension system. As these factors evolve in coming years, social spending in Korea is likely to rise toward the OECD average. Sustaining economic growth requires policies to mitigate the impact of rapid population aging by providing social protection for the elderly population. Korea confronts difficult challenges in balancing economic growth and social protection for the elderly population, whereas also ensuring efficiency in social spending.

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