Commercialisation of Medical Care in China: Changing Landscapes, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Commercialisation of Medical Care in China

Changing Landscapes, 1st Edition

By Rama V. Baru, Madhurima Nundy

Routledge India

152 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138625099
pub: 2019-09-18
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This book explores the changing landscapes of commercialisation of medical care in China. First work of its kind, it discusses how the rise of market socialism, coupled with de-collectivisation of agriculture and autonomisation of hospitals in rural and urban China, have fragmented the health service system. The volume examines the public hospital reforms; rise of the medical–industrial complex; the emerging public–private partnerships in the health sector; challenges of financing; and, the growing inequalities in access to health services, to present a comprehensive view of Chinese health care system over the last four decades.

This topical book will be useful to scholars and researchers of Chinese studies, Chinese economy, public health, health management, social health and medicine, medical sociology, sociology, political economy, public policy and public administration as well as policymakers and practitioners.


‘Based on a series of field visits and interviews with health policy makers and medical professionals in China over a period of time, the authors provide an excellent overview of the impact and implications of commercialisation of medical care in China. It is worth reading, for any reader who is interested in the recent health service reforms in China.’

Shanlian Hu, Emeritus Professor of Health Economics, School of Public Health, Fudan University, People’s Republic of China

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Foreword by Manoranjan Mohanty

Preface and Acknowledgements


Prologue by Lincoln C. Chen

  1. Changing Landscape of Commercialisation of Medical Care in China: An Overview
  2. Commercialisation of Public Hospitals: Institutional and Financial Reforms
  3. Changing Landscape of Private Medical Care and the Rise of the Medical–Industrial Complex
  4. Public–Private Partnerships in Medical Care
  5. Continuum of Commercialisation of Medical Care in China: Whither Equity?


About the Authors

Rama V. Baru is Professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University and an Honorary Fellow with the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, India. Her major areas of research interest include commercialisation of health services, infectious diseases, comparative health systems and health inequalities. She is the author of three books — Private Health Care in India: Social Characteristics and Trends (1998); School Health Services in India: The Social and Economic Contexts (2008); and Medical Insurance Schemes for the Poor: Who Benefits (2015). Her recent publication is a co-edited volume (with Anuj Kapilashrami) titled Global Health Governance and Commercialisation in India: Actors, Institutions and the Dialectics of Global and Local (2018). She has contributed to many edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals. She is currently a member of the Ethics Committee at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS); Appraisal Committee for Health Technology Assessment, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health, Government of India and the Scientific Advisory Group, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi.

Madhurima Nundy is Assistant Director and Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi, India. She holds a PhD in Public Health from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She completed her MPhil from the same Centre. Before joining the ICS she was the Senior Programme Coordinator at the Public Health Resource Network and has been a Technical Consultant with the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. Her areas of interest include studying different health service systems, health policies and inequalities in health. She has contributed to chapters in edited volumes and has edited a monograph entitled Challenges to Health Service Systems: India and China (2017). She has published in several journals and has been a regular contributor to policy analysis in the area of public health on China and India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues