This is a selection of resources on understanding China’s healthcare system available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you know of or come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.
This book examines reforms put in place by the Chinese government to improve the primary care providers network. These include offering new social health insurance plans to encourage citizens to visit primary care providers, and the integration of hospitals and primary care clinics.
All rights reserved, Singapore: East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, 2011.
This volume documents the history of modern medicine in China and changes to its public health system in the 20th century. Featuring scholarship from China, Australia, Taiwan, Germany, Canada and the United States, topics addressed in this book include changing patterns of diseases and longevity, tuberculosis control in Shanghai, the institutionalisation of Chinese medicine, and the development of modern nursing.
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With contributions from health economists, political scientists, public health officials and corporate executives, this book looks at China’s healthcare system and its major reforms; the tussle between government regulation and free market forces; and the key health issues currently faced by China, such as chronic illness, public health and economic security for the elderly.
All rights reserved, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017
The author discusses how China’s public health system has developed in tandem with the nation’s economic progress, and explores how upheavals in China’s social and political climates have impacted public health systems, programmes, institutions and medical practices over the last century.
This publication sheds light on the regional inequality in China’s healthcare system, which is a consequence of the disparate availability of health financing and health resources between the rural and urban areas. To address this, the central government has supplemented funding for basic health services and increased subsidies for health service providers in less affluent regions of China.
All rights reserved, Singapore: East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, 2010.
The author assesses the current state of health care in China after the government initiated a series of health reforms in 2009 that focused on social insurance, networks of primary care clinics, public health, and public hospitals. Three years on, China’s health system has seen vast improvements, notably in the increase in health expenditure as well as the expansion of social health insurance that covers 95 percent of its population.
All rights reserved, Singapore: East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, 2012.
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This video looks at the “barefoot” doctors’ network established in rural China during Mao Zedong’s era. Working alongside farmers, these non-medically trained doctors, or village doctors, provide basic health care to fellow villagers even up to today, despite the abolishment of the barefoot doctor programme during economic reforms that took place during the 1980s.
As part of the “Healthy China 2030” plan launched in October 2016, China aims to make basic healthcare accessible to all citizens by 2020. To achieve this, the Chinese government has proposed simplifying testing procedures for imported drugs so as to reduce the cost and time taken for these drugs to be made available on the market.
This article traces the evolution of China’s health system since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. It highlights major reforms in health insurance and the healthcare delivery system in 2008 and the creation of a primary care system in 2012. The article also identifies the major roadblocks of the Chinese public health system in delivering accessible and affordable health care to its population of more than 1.3 billion.
According to analysts, China’s public healthcare system –which has to cope with an increasing number of diseases related to ageing and pollution – is severely in need of reform, and this is where the private hospital sector can come in to help ease the heavy workload of public hospitals. Policies, such as reducing the red tape for setting up private hospitals and allowing these hospitals to determine their own medical fees, could incentivise the setting up of more of such private hospitals.