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The Reform of Health Policy in China - Left Behind in the Race to Industrialize?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-661
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Policy And Administration
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011

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A major programme of health reform was announced in 2009. China is growing fast, and is beginning to engage with the international social policy community to discuss and review the consequences of rapid industrialization. As a specific part of social policy, health policy shares some of the characteristics of a policy area driven by the consequences of industrialization, but it also has its own particular features. This article reviews the general relationship between state and citizens in the health field by way of an introduction before focussing more specifically on Chinese patterns of health inequalities, and the pressures for reform. The 2009 reform of health policy and its dynamics are then presented, and the article concludes that there has been a deterioration in Chinese health policy, which threatens to undermine the benefits of economic growth for Chinese people.

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