Regional Inequality in Healthcare and Government Health Subsidy in China |

Regional Inequality in Healthcare and Government Health Subsidy in China

Synopsis:

Residents in different regions of China have very different levels of accessibility to healthcare services. Since the mid-2000’s, however, a policy to equalize “basic health service” across regions has been initiated to improve accessibility of health services in China, with emphasis on public health services and primary care. In this paper, we raise the following question: how government subsidies for healthcare providers are allocated and whether these subsidies reduce regional health inequality in China. This paper has two major findings, first, even with increasing subsidies from various levels of government, health service providers are largely on their own to generate revenue to cover expenditures for basic health service provision; second, government is likely to allocate subsidy for upgrading infrastructure.

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Speaker(s):

Dr Qian Jiwei, Research Associate, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Date:
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Time:
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-4
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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