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China’s Healthcare System and Reform

by Lawton Robert Burns (Editor), Gordon G. Liu (Editor)

This volume provides a comprehensive review of China’s healthcare system and policy reforms in the context of the global economy. Following a value-chain framework, the 16 chapters cover the payers, the providers, and the producers (manufacturers) in China’s system. It also provides a detailed analysis of the historical development of China’s healthcare system, the current state of its broad reforms, and the uneasy balance between China’s market-driven approach and governmental regulation. Most importantly, it devotes considerable attention to the major problems confronting China, including chronic illness, public health, and long-term care and economic security for the elderly. Burns and Liu have assembled the latest research from leading health economists and political scientists, as well as senior public health officials and corporate executives, making this book an essential read for industry professionals, policymakers, researchers, and students studying comparative health systems across the world.


Editorial Reviews


“China [is] changing rapidly, including in healthcare financing and provision. This book provides a comprehensive description and analysis of important developments. The chapters on the supply side are rarely available for any country. The book will be highly useful to scholars, students (including my own), and policymakers interested in China and/or in global health more generally.”
Frank A. Sloan, J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics, Duke University

“This timely book covers all aspects of the Chinese healthcare sectors and provides a comprehensive analysis of Chinese healthcare system reform. It is essential reading for students, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who want to understand the Chinese healthcare system.”
Teh-wei Hu, University of California, Berkeley

“The World Bank and World Health Organization have placed the attainment of universal health coverage (UHC) high on the list of goals for development. China’s success – and China’s remaining problems – on its road to UHC provide both guidance and inspiration for others. Much has been written about the China experience. This new volume, edited by Lawton Robert Burns and Gordon G. Liu, provides the remarkable feat of bringing together in one place the key elements of evolution and reform in China’s healthcare system. It will serve for many years both as a valuable introduction to newcomers and as an authoritative reference for those already generally familiar with the Chinese system.”
Dean Jamison, Senior Fellow in Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, and Emeritus Professor of Global Health, University of Washington

Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive review of China’s healthcare system, its historical development, the problems now confronting the country, and the modern state of health reform. It will appeal to industry professionals, policymakers, researchers, and students working in comparative global healthcare systems and the Chinese healthcare system.

About the Author

Lawton Robert Burns is James Joo-Jin Kim Professor in the Health Care Management Department at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Co-Director of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management at the University of Pennsylvania, and Programme Leader for Healthcare Management at the Indian School of Business. He is the co-editor of the popular textbook Health Care Management: Organization Design and Behavior (2012), and the author of India’s Healthcare Industry (Cambridge, 2014), The Business of Healthcare Innovation (Cambridge, 2012) and The Health Care Value Chain (2002).

Gordon G. Liu is a PKU Yangtze River Scholar Professor of Economics at Peking University’s National School of Development, and Director of the PKU China Center for Health Economic Research. He sits on China’s State Council Health Reform Expert Advisory Commission, and on the UN Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN). He was also the President of the Chinese Economists Society (CES) from 2004 to 2005. He has served as Associate Editor for a number of academic journals, including Health Economics, China Economic Quarterly, and Value in Health.

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