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.
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
About the Author
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.