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Title: Health policy reform in China: Lessons from Asia
Authors: Ramesh, M.
Wu, X. 
Keywords: China
Cost containment
Financing reforms
Health policy
Health system reform
Insurance schemes
Provider behaviour
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Ramesh, M., Wu, X. (2009). Health policy reform in China: Lessons from Asia. Social Science and Medicine 68 (12) : 2256-2262. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Declining 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.
Source Title: Social Science and Medicine
ISSN: 02779536
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.03.038
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