This book aims at presenting the Chinese healthcare system and its latest reforms. Chapter 2 presents the specific definition of a health good and its implications. Then, in Chap. 3, the general landscape of healthcare in China is described. Chapter 4 focuses on public hospitals and their evolution, while Chap. 5 analyzes the status and actual situation of medical staff. As a thread throughout these chapters, inefficiencies in the system tend to appear, as do the current reforms aimed at dealing with them. Public insurance plans implemented over the past two decades are discussed in Chap. 6. The medical drug market is presented in Chap. 7 and the determinants of the phenomenon of violence affecting Chinese hospitals are described, through the relationship between the patient or patient’s relatives and medical staff, in Chap. 8. Chapter 9 delves deeply into the development of digital healthcare in China and how it can solve inefficiencies in the hospital system. The concluding chapter (Chap. 10) offers a vision of the future directions that the Chinese social model could take, based on the observations in previous chapters of current reforms and experiments.
KeywordsHealthcare in China Insurance Medical staff Public hospitals Medical drug market Digital healthcare
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