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The Chinese Healthcare System: Structure, Problems and Challenges

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  • Jens Leth. Hougaard

    (Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Lars Peter. sterdal

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Yi Yu

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Abstract

We describe the structure and present situation of the Chinese healthcare system and discuss its primary problems and challenges. We discuss problems with inefficient burden sharing, adverse provider incentives and huge inequities, and seek explanations in the structural features of the Chinese healthcare system. The current situation will be further challenged in the future by an aging population, an increasing need for privatization and growing expectations about quality of healthcare.

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Article provided by Springer Healthcare | Adis in its journal Applied Health Economics and Health Policy.

Volume (Year): 9 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-13

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Handle: RePEc:wkh:aheahp:v:9:y:2011:i:1:p:1-13

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Cited by:
  1. Juergen Jung & Jialu Liu, 2011. "Does Health Insurance Decrease Health Expenditure Risk in Developing Countries? The Case of China," Working Papers 2011-04, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised Apr 2014.
  2. Nuo Wang & Christian Gericke & Huixin Sun, 2009. "Comparison of health care financing schemes before and after market reforms in China’s urban areas," Frontiers of Economics in China, Springer, vol. 4(2), pages 173-191, June.
  3. Ng, Ying Chu, 2011. "The productive efficiency of Chinese hospitals," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 428-439, September.

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