Reconciling for-profit social service provision with a regulatory framework: Korean long-term care

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  • 1 Dankook University, , Korea
  • | 2 University of Sheffield, , UK
  • | 3 Gwangju University, , Korea
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Korean long-term care was introduced as a national system aimed at a rapid transformation from informal care to universal formal care based on choice and competition. However, it failed to satisfy the prerequisites for such a market model, which resulted in various equity problems. In order to tackle these problems, the government superimposed a regulatory framework on to the market. However, in a situation where providers concentrate on profit maximisation, the enhancement of regulations may partially tackle some problems but new ones are created, such as resistance from providers. This article is a Korean case study which shows that, in a context of low trust, it is difficult to enhance regulations governing the private, for-profit provision of social services to enable the effective operation of choice and competition.

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  • 1 Dankook University, , Korea
  • | 2 University of Sheffield, , UK
  • | 3 Gwangju University, , Korea

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