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History

In the span of just 12 years, Korea was able to achieve Universal Health Coverage for all citizens in 1989 after having only introduced mandatory National Health Insurance for employees of large corporations in 1977. Originally, the NHI system was composed several types of insurance schemes operated by multiple insurers. However, in 2000 all of these insurance schemes were integrated to form a single insurer, and the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA) was established as an independent agency responsible for the claims review and quality assessment of the NHI.

history
2017 Kingdom of Bahrain’s SEHATI-ICT (Digital Health Insurance Management Infrastructure) Reform Project
2015 Relocation of HIRA headquarter from Seoul to Wonju
2013 Entrusted with claims review for auto insurance
2008 Entrusted with claims review for Veterans Hospitals
2005 Entrusted with claims review for government-assisted medical program(Medical Aid program) for the disadvantaged
2000 Establishment of the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service (HIRA), responsible for claims review and quality assessment of the National Health Insurance
1999 Legislation of the National Health Insurance Act
1989 Expansion of National Health Insurance coverage to all citizens
1977 Introduction of mandatory social health insurance (National Health Insurance) for workers in large corporations with 500+ employees
1976 Revision of the Health Insurance Law to include mandatory health insurance enrolment of the population
1963 Enactment of the Health Insurance Act