End-of-Life Care in Korea: The Tradition of Filial Loyalty in the Area of High-Tech Medicine
Traditionally, caring for the elderly was considered the responsibility of the younger generation, especially the offspring of elderly individuals. Filial loyalty, or? (xiao), was considered to form the philosophical base for this responsibility. Recently, however, the perception of this responsibility has changed among many Koreans. Here, the author examines this concept and its implications for healthcare policy.
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