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
List of Figures and Tables
Foreword by Manoranjan Mohanty
Preface and Acknowledgements
Prologue by Lincoln C. Chen