The reform of inspection of adult social care market in the UK and policy suggestions for long-term care in South Korea

영국 성인돌봄서비스 시장에 대한 감독 개혁과 한국 장기요양의 시사점

  • Chon, Yongho (Dept. of Social Welfare, Incheon National University)
  • 전용호 (인천대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Received : 2017.11.06
  • Accepted : 2018.04.06
  • Published : 2018.04.30


The UK is famous for being the first country in Europe to adopt the policies of marketisation regarding social welfare. Numerous other countries, including social democratic countries, have followed suit, and South Korea has also adopted the marketisation of care through the introduction of long-term care insurance. The aim of this study is to examine recent reforms concerning adult social care market in the UK, and to determine policy recommendations to further develop the Korean long-term care insurance market. Findings show that the UK has actively regulated and managed the care market. In particular, after the sudden bankruptcy of nursing homes, the CQC systematically analyzes the risks of bankruptcy of big service providers in terms of financial conditions and quality of services according to the six steps detailed in the Care Act 2014. If some service providers experience high levels of risk, the CQC reports results to local authorities in order to manage the risk of bankruptcy of these service providers. Such reforms in the UK suggest a number of policy measures for South Korea in which the problems of long-term care market are prevalent, including increased system management, introduction of a new inspection system, the expansion of public-based inspection organizations, and disclosure of information by the National Health Insurance Corporation.


long-term care;market;regulation;UK;social care


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