China's Urban Health Care Reform: From State Protection to Individual Responsibility

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Lexington Books, 2006 - Medical - 175 pages
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One way to describe the importance of social policy is to say it's about 'what is and what might be.' This ethos is the driving force behind Chack-Kie Wong, Vai Io Lo, and Kwong-leung Tang's China's Urban Health Care Reform. Based on a study of a mid-level city in China, these three scholars provide analysis and offer theory-based recommendations on health care development. Using a comparative policy framework, supported by a legal expert's knowledge of regulatory specifications, China's Urban Health Care Reform argues that a strategy with priority in economic growth, as in the case of China, does not bring forth cost efficiency and equity in health care for the whole nation. Ultimately, Wong, Lo, and Tang strive to offer direction for health care reform that will lead to better health care in China's cities. As a result, this is a work of great significance to anyone involved in public health, social work, public policy, medicine, or law.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Health Care in China
11
Health Insurance Reform in China
31
Theoretical Approaches to Health Care Provision
59
Health Care Reform and Stakeholders Opinions in Wuhan
79
Impact of Health Care Reform
111
Going Down the Road of Development The Future of the Health Care System in China
139
Questionnaire from the Wuhans Health Care Study 2003
157
Bibliography
165
Index
173
About the Authors
177
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Chack-kie Wong is professor of social work at Chinese University of Hong Kong and, currently, a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley. Vai Io Lo is associate professor in the Graduate School on International Management at International University of Japan. Kwong-leung Tang is professor of social work at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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