This book provides a theoretical, empirical, and practical account of health policy in China.
Its original contribution to current debate explains the interaction between institutions, interests, and ideas informing China’s health policy process. It draws on public policy perspectives to understand how and why policy developments have unfolded in the way that they have.
Through an examination of workforce development, integrated care, and IT innovation, case studies provide a range of insights regarding current policy interventions as well as reflect on how such developments can be improved and sustained in the future.
Looking to the future with a review and synthesis of policy recommendations regarding how China can improve its reform efforts, this book will be welcomed by academics, students and policy makers in the field.
Ross Millar is a Lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham. He undertakes research exploring the translation of health policy across health and social care contexts. One such research area has been the nature and impact of health policy in China.
Introduction: Ross Millar & Weiyan Jian;
Part I: Healthcare reform in China;
Mind the gap: introducing the three stages of healthcare reform in China ~ Weiyan Jian & Ross Millar;
Synthesising the challenges facing healthcare reform in China: Is an ‘alternative pathway’ possible? ~ Weiyan Jian, Ross Millar and Robin Miller;
Theorising healthcare reform in China: can we learn anything from the tradition of public policy? ~ Ross Millar & Mark Exworthy;
Introducing our analytical framework: making the case for seeing Chinese healthcare reform as a policy experiment ~ Ross Millar, Weiyan Jian, Russell Mannion & Robin Miller;
Part II: case studies of healthcare reform in China;
Cutting through the complexity of Chinese Healthcare Reform: introducing our case study approach ~ Ross Millar;
Integrating health and social care: a case study of Beijing ~ Weiyan Jian & Robin Miller;
The impact of healthcare reform on organisational culture: a case study of the Third Hospital ~ Hu Mu & Russell Mannion;
Revisiting the role of ‘barefoot doctors’: a case study of primary healthcare ~ Zheng Xie;
Rebalancing equity? The introduction of counterpart technical support in rural health services ~ Weiyan Jian;
Public hospital autonomy in China in an international context ~ Pauline Allen, Qi Cao, and Hufeng Wang;
Assessing equity in China’s public health service ~ Zheng Xie;
The financing of vaccines in primary care: a glass half or half empty? ~ Hai Fang;
Part III: The implications of healthcare reform in China;
Case study conclusions: what do we learn from these policy experiments? ~ Ross Millar & Weiyan Jian;
Moving forward ~ Ross Millar & Weiyan Jian.