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Unaffordable health care amid phenomenal growth: The case of health care protection in reform China
Law Faculty Publications
  • Chack-Kie Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Kwong-Leung Tang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Vai Io Lo, Bond University
Date of this Version
1-1-2007
Document Type
Journal Article
Publication Details
Interim status: Citation only

Wong, Chack-Kie, Tang, Kwong-Leung & Lo, Vai Io (2007). Unaffordable health care amid phenomenal growth: The case of health care protection in reform China. International Journal of Social Welfare , Vol. 16, Iss. 2, pp. 140-149.
Abstract
This article provides an up-to-date assessment of China's reformed urban healthcare system. It illustrates that, in the Chinese case, economic growth does not automatically bring equitable healthcare protection; policy and system designs are also important. The article finds that the reformed urban healthcare system is financially sustainable, but that individual citizens contribute the largest share of healthcare costs, whilst the state is reducing its financial commitment. It also reports the views of two principal stakeholder groups. The survey findings indicate the endorsement of an old ethos for a strong state in healthcare protection. But a substantial minority view is also unveiled, which supports access to healthcare on the basis of insurance contributions. In sum, affordability remains a critical issue for the Chinese despite the fact that they have a new healthcare system and a strong economy.
Citation Information
Chack-Kie Wong, Kwong-Leung Tang and Vai Io Lo. "Unaffordable health care amid phenomenal growth: The case of health care protection in reform China" (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vai_lo/10/