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The World Banks Assistance to Chinas Health Sector

By Ooi, Elaine Wee-Ling

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Title: The World Banks Assistance to Chinas Health Sector  
Author: Ooi, Elaine Wee-Ling
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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At the same time, the move to market mechanisms has not been accompanied by adequate regulation. Ironically, price regulations, lack of subsidies, and financial constraints, particularly at the provider level, make basic healthcare uneconomical. Providers pursue inappropriate health practices that extend to public health services, system supervision, and referral. The era of the legendary and effective barefoot doctors has been replaced by one of profiteering in an unregulated rush to provide expensive procedures and impractical regimens of prescriptions to people who can?t afford them and often don?t need them. China?s focus on cost-recovery further hampers efforts to reestablish effective public health services where they are most needed (an issue of competing bureaucratic values which has the health ministry at an extreme disadvantage). And there is a significant imbalance between health care in urban versus rural areas, and between workers who are insured, especially government workers, and those who are not.


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