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Shenggen Fan, Ravi Kanbur, Shang-Jin Wei, and Xiaobo Zhang

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678204.001.0001

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The changing landscape of rural health services in China

The changing landscape of rural health services in China

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(p.456) 75 The changing landscape of rural health services in China
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The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China
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Ling Zhu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678204.003.0076

This chapter examines rural health services in China. It begins by describing the structure of the Chinese healthcare system. It then discusses how public health project funding and other government subsidies are ‘trickle down’, as money is filtered through multi-layered regulatory agencies, much of it claimed by intermediaries. Village doctors, at the bottom of the ‘food chain’, often fail to receive their full compensation. Under this system, where healthcare providers only receive a portion of their allotted subsidy, public medical institutions have evolved into a for-profit enterprise.

Keywords:   public health, healthcare services, rural health, incentives, Chinese healthcare system, healthcare finance

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