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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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End-of-Life Care in Korea: The Tradition of Filial Loyalty in the Area of High-Tech Medicine

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(p.610) 17.2 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Ilhak Lee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0083

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.

Keywords:   Filial loyalty, end-of-life care, Korea, healthcare policy

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