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Article: Health policy reform in China: Lessons from Asia

TitleHealth policy reform in China: Lessons from Asia
Authors
KeywordsChina
Cost containment
Financing reforms
Health policy
Health system reform
Insurance schemes
Korea
Provider behaviour
Singapore
Thailand
Issue Date2009
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimed
Citation
Social Science And Medicine, 2009, v. 68 n. 12, p. 2256-2262 How to Cite?
AbstractDeclining access to health care and rapidly rising health expenditures are a matter of grave public concern in China. After decades of efforts to reduce its involvement, the Chinese government is currently in the process of reforming the sector through increase in public expenditures and expansion of health insurance. The objective of this paper is to assess the potential of the reform direction in light of international experiences with similar reforms. It argues - on the basis of examination of reform experiences in Korea, Singapore and Thailand - that financing reforms without parallel measures to improve the provision system, especially how providers are paid, are unlikely to address the problems and may actually aggravate them. If the financing reforms are to succeed, it is vital for China to reform the incentives that guide the providers' behaviour. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59774
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.814
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.894
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dc.contributor.authorRamesh, Men_HK
dc.contributor.authorWu, Xen_HK
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dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSocial Science And Medicine, 2009, v. 68 n. 12, p. 2256-2262en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536en_HK
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dc.description.abstractDeclining access to health care and rapidly rising health expenditures are a matter of grave public concern in China. After decades of efforts to reduce its involvement, the Chinese government is currently in the process of reforming the sector through increase in public expenditures and expansion of health insurance. The objective of this paper is to assess the potential of the reform direction in light of international experiences with similar reforms. It argues - on the basis of examination of reform experiences in Korea, Singapore and Thailand - that financing reforms without parallel measures to improve the provision system, especially how providers are paid, are unlikely to address the problems and may actually aggravate them. If the financing reforms are to succeed, it is vital for China to reform the incentives that guide the providers' behaviour. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimeden_HK
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dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectCost containmenten_HK
dc.subjectFinancing reformsen_HK
dc.subjectHealth policyen_HK
dc.subjectHealth system reformen_HK
dc.subjectInsurance schemesen_HK
dc.subjectKoreaen_HK
dc.subjectProvider behaviouren_HK
dc.subjectSingaporeen_HK
dc.subjectThailanden_HK
dc.titleHealth policy reform in China: Lessons from Asiaen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailRamesh, M: mramesh@hku.hken_HK
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