The Chinese Health System in Transition

  • Lijie Fang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Background to China’s Healthcare System Transformation

  3. Healthcare System Transformation amid Market-oriented Reform (1980–2008)

  4. China’s New Healthcare Reform (2009–)

About this book


This book provides an overview of the ongoing transition in China’s health system, especially focusing on the new healthcare reform initiated in 2009. First, it reviews the changes in China’s healthcare system from the 1950s to 2008, establishing the situation when the reform was introduced. The book subsequently analyzes the social and economic context in which the health system is embedded. 
Since the primary focus is on the new healthcare reform, the book introduces the blueprint and the year-for-year development of the new healthcare reform, as well as the specific reforms in health financing, public hospitals, and primary care. Given its central importance in the health system, the book also described major trends in long-term care in the past several years. In addition, it examines the health policy-making process with a case study of the New Cooperative Medical Scheme of China. Lastly, the book assesses the performance of China’s health system and predicts future developmental trends.


Health reform Public hospital Primary care Long-term care Health financing healthcare healthcare demands inpatient care Older people Health system in China

Authors and affiliations

  • Lijie Fang
    • 1
  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Social Sciences Academic Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-0757-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0758-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2363-6866
  • Series Online ISSN 2363-6874
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