Korea (Republic of)

Republic of Korea supported and participated in the first meeting of the Joint Network of Senior Budget and Health Officials on Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems for the Asia Region held in Tokyo, Japan in May 2017. The network intends to support policy dialogues among budget officials from the finance and health ministries to address issues and challenges in health system budgeting, and identify effective policies to ensure the financial sustainability of health systems in the context of changing demographic, epidemiologic and economic conditions in the Region. On the next steps, there was a general agreement to hold the next meeting as part of a larger Asia regional network event. P4H partnership potentials are under discussion with the Ministry of Health and the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare which indicated interests in P4H activities at country and regional levels because of their recent involvement in providing technical support to some countries in African and Asia.

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The article was written by Kim Arin of the Korea Herald, and the original source of the photo is Yonhap News.

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