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The Transformation of China’s Health Care System and Accounting Methods: Current Reforms and Developments

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  • David Chu

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Kolleen Rask

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

Abstract

As China relies increasingly on markets for economic decision-making, information (accounting) services become critical. We analyze the Chinese health care system in transition to highlight the changing role and nature of accounting services before and after the recent reforms. In January 1999 dramatic changes were instituted in China’s health care accounting system, thereby enabling financial statement users to assess the flow of resources and its effect on financial position. The legacy of the command economy remains clearly evident, however, particularly in the areas of privatization, state subsidies, pharmaceuticals, and budgetary financing. Suggestions for further reform are offered.

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Paper provided by College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0003.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2000
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Publication status: Published in Advances in International Accounting, edited by S.T. Sale JAI (Elsevier Science), Vol. 15, pp. 13-44.
Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:0003

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Keywords: hospital accounting; reform; transitional economies; China;

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  1. Kolleen J Rask & David K W Chu & Thomas R Gottschang, 1998. "Institutional Change in Transitional Economies: The Case of Accounting in China," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 40(4), pages 76-100, December.
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  1. Trevor Hopper & Mathew Tsamenyi & Shahzad Uddin & Danture Wickramasinghe, 2009. "Management accounting in less developed countries: what is known and needs knowing," Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 22(3), pages 469-514, April.

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