chapter  7
Patients’ Rights in Korea
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In Japan the freedom to develop an interest in human rights ideas combined with the rapid development of the health-care system from the early 1960s generated an interest in rights within health-care provision among a small but influential number of people in the 1980s onwards. The groups, which have been usually centred on law professionals, have been able to confront the health professionals and tip the balance in favour of the patient. South Korea was not tolerant of demands based on rights arguments until the 1990s and it was not until more or less the same time that the basis of a welfare system was created. There was no serious interest in patients’ rights until the mid 1990s.