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China’s Healthcare System and Reform

Edited by Lawton Robert Burns and Gordon G. Liu

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.

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About the Authors

Lawton Robert Burns

Lawton Robert Burns, Ph.D., MBA, is the Chair of the Health Care Management Department, the James Joo-Jin Kim Professor, a Professor of Health Care Management, and a Professor of Management in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Director of the Wharton Center for Health Management & Economics, and Co-Director of the Roy & Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management. He received his doctorate in Sociology and his MBA in Health Administration from the University of Chicago. Dr. Burns taught previousl ... More

Gordon G. Liu

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 Econ ... More

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