Assessing the Suitability of Implementing South Korea’s Healthcare Model in African Developing Countries – What Should We Care About?


Since the mid-2010s, South Korea has progressively undertaken partnerships with four African countries (i.e. Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda) to share its policy experience in public healthcare. While the lessons learned in Korea may benefit partner developing countries, caution is needed to avoid the unnatural implantation of the Korean system elsewhere, in light of the many differences existing between South Korea from the 1970s and nowadays’ African countries. Accordingly, this paper suggests that further research is still needed to allow the conception and design of innovative and efficient healthcare systems that are well tailor-made for each African country’s political and socio-economic contexts and needs.

By: Wooseop Cha & Vincenzo Lorusso

Published on October 29, 2020

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