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The Chinese Health Care System: Structure, Problems and Challenges

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  • Jens Leth Hougaard

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Lars Peter Østerdal

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Yi Yu

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

Abstract

In the present paper we describe the structure of the Chinese health care system and sketch its future development. We analyse issues of provider incentives and the actual burden sharing between government, enterprises and people. We further aim to identify a number of current problems and link these to a discussion of future challenges in the form of an aging population, increased privatization and increased inequity.

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  • Jens Leth Hougaard & Lars Peter Østerdal & Yi Yu, 2008. "The Chinese Health Care System: Structure, Problems and Challenges," Discussion Papers 08-01, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0801
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    1. 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;Higher Education Press, vol. 4(2), pages 173-191, June.
    2. Ng, Ying Chu, 2008. "The Productive Efficiency of the Health Care Sector of China," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 38(3), pages 381-393.
    3. Juergen Jung & Jialu Liu Streeter, 2015. "Does health insurance decrease health expenditure risk in developing countries? The case of China," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 82(2), pages 361-384, October.
    4. 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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    Keywords

    Chinese health care system; provider incentives; burden sharing; aging population; inequity;

    JEL classification:

    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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