This book explores the changing landscapes of the commercialisation of medical care in China. It is the first work of its kind, and discusses how the rise of market socialism, coupled with decollectivisation of agriculture and autonomisation of hospitals in rural and urban China, have fragmented the health service system. The book examines public hospital reforms; the rise of the medical-industrial complex; the emerging public-private partnerships in the health sector; the challenges of financing; and the growing inequalities in access to health services, to present a comprehensive view of the Chinese health care system over the last four decades.
This topical book will be useful to scholars and researchers of Chinese studies, Chinese economy, public health, health management, social health and medicine, medical sociology, sociology, political economy, public policy and public administration as well as policymakers and practitioners.
List of figures. List of tables. Foreword. Preface and acknowledgements. List of abbreviations. Prologue: a modern silk road in health.
1. The changing landscape of the commercialisation of medical care in China: an overview. 2. The commercialisation of public hospitals: institutional and financial reforms. 3. The changing landscape of private medical care and the rise of the medical-industrial complex. 4. Public-private partnerships in medical care. 5. The continuum of commercialisation of medical care in China: whither equity?