Medical practice in the non-public sector in China

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Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Asian Public Policy, 2008, 1 (3), pp. 346 - 351
Issue Date:
2008-01
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The development of medical practices in the non-public sector in the Peoples Republic of China has undergone three major periods of reform since 1978. The first period between 1980 and 1988 saw the reappearance of private practice. The major policy thrust of this period was to provide a basic regulatory framework to govern the reappeared private practice. From 1988 to 2000, corollary to the decreasing government health spending on health care, the collapse of public health insurance schemes, the increase of migrant workers in urban areas, and the increasing number of laid-off medical personnel, the private medical sector expanded tremendously. The state and local governments initiated policies aiming at more structured and stricter regulation of the private medical market. Since 2000, the medical market has further opened to non-public investment due to changes in ideology and the recognition of the rights to profit of private practices.
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