Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/00472330903270700
Title: Privatising health care in China: Problems and reforms
Authors: Tam, W. 
Keywords: China
Health care
Privatisation
Public hospitals
Regulation
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Citation: Tam, W. (2010-02). Privatising health care in China: Problems and reforms. Journal of Contemporary Asia 40 (1) : 63-81. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/00472330903270700
Abstract: This article examines the privatisation of China's health care, highlighting the adverse consequences on the accessibility and quality of health services within the public hospital sector and considering the recent government's efforts to de-privatise the health sector. It argues that the dramatic cutbacks in public financing for the health sector and the failure of the state to establish effective and strong regulatory institutions are two major reasons for the adverse consequences, particularly the declining service quality. The lack of effective regulatory institutions is in turn caused by the following factors: revenue-generation imperative, bureaucratic politics, poorly financed and unqualified regulators. Finally, this article discusses the weaknesses of the recent de-privatisation policy, including implementation problems, the difficulty of the government to reassert its ownership rights over public hospitals, and inadequate regulatory reform. © 2010 Journal of Contemporary Asia.
Source Title: Journal of Contemporary Asia
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/128444
ISSN: 00472336
DOI: 10.1080/00472330903270700
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