Advancing universal coverage of healthcare in China: translating political will into policy and practice
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Special Issue: Continuing Policy Issues in China
Volume 29, Issue 2, pages 160–174, April/June 2014
How to Cite
Tang, S., Brixi, H. and Bekedam, H. (2014), Advancing universal coverage of healthcare in China: translating political will into policy and practice. Int. J. Health Plann. Mgmt., 29: 160–174. doi: 10.1002/hpm.2207
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2014
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 30 MAY 2013
- universal coverage;
- policy process;
China launched its new health system reform plan in 2009 to advance its universal coverage of healthcare, after more than 4 years' consultations and discussions with various stakeholders including the public. This paper aims to introduce and discuss the context and process of China's current health system reform and analyse how political will in China has been translated into policy practice over the past decade. The paper also shares the insights of World Health Organization's contribution to China's health system reform, as the authors advised the Chinese government on the reform options and process. Furthermore, the paper describes and discusses key challenges in the implementation of the reform plan over the past 3 years and draws lessons for other countries. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.