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Urbanization And Health Care In Rural China

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  • Gordon G. Liu
  • Xiaodong Wu
  • Chaoyang Peng
  • Alex Z. Fu
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    Strong economic growth has led to remarkable urbanization in China. Using the China Health and Nutrition Survey, this study provides the first empirical evidence documenting the impact of urbanization on rural health care and insurance. The primary finding is that urbanization leads to a significant and equitable increase in insurance coverage, which in turn plays a critical role in access to care. In addition, adverse selection exists in the demand for insurance. Income is also a significant determinant of insurance coverage. This study concludes that urbanization can help make substantial changes in rural health care and insurance status. Copyright 2003 Western Economic Association International.

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    Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 (01)
    Pages: 11-24

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:21:y:2003:i:1:p:11-24

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    1. Carine Milcent, 2013. "Industrialisation et Inégalités : Le recours aux soins en zones rurales chinoises," PSE Working Papers halshs-00826889, HAL.
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    4. Van de Poel, E & O'Donnell, O & van Doorslaer, E, 2008. "Urbanization and the spread of diseases of affluence in China," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 08/25, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
    5. Rong Hu & Chunli Shen & Heng-fu Zou, 2013. "Health Care System Reform in China: Issues, Challenges and Options," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 14(1), pages 279-298, May.
    6. Liu, Hong & Gao, Song & Rizzo, John A., 2011. "The expansion of public health insurance and the demand for private health insurance in rural China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 28-41, March.
    7. Wang, H. Holly & Rosenman, Robert, 2007. "Perceived need and actual demand for health insurance among rural Chinese residents," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 18(4), pages 373-388.
    8. Wagstaff, Adam & Lindelow, Magnus, 2005. "Can insurance increase financial risk ? The curious case of health insurance in China," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3741, The World Bank.
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    10. Carine Milcent, 2011. "Baisse du recours aux soins dans les zones rurales en Chine," PSE Working Papers halshs-00653450, HAL.

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