Healthcare reform in China: making sense of a policy experiment?

Ross Millar (Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)
Weiyan Jian (Health Sciences Centre, Peking University, Beijing, China)
Russell Mannion (Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)
Robin Miller (Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham)

Journal of Health Organization and Management

ISSN: 1477-7266

Publication date: 16 May 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore recent healthcare reform in China. Reflecting on the current literature, the viewpoint argues that greater attention should be paid to healthcare reform in China as a public policy process, particularly one that is built on policy experimentation.

Design/methodology/approach

The viewpoint argues that while recent efforts to understand the impact of reform have brought significant understanding of key issues and processes, such interest tends to focus on pragmatic concerns rather than pose wider theoretical and methodological questions about the nature and pace of reform.

Findings

The authors suggest that the lens of public policy is particular relevant and insightful given what has been documented elsewhere regarding China’s unique policy process characterised by “policy experimentation”. The authors discuss how a policy experiment perspective can provide a useful heuristic for understanding healthcare reform in China.

Originality/value

The viewpoint concludes by outlining possible applications of this approach and looks forward at the emerging research agenda in this area.

Keywords

Citation

Ross Millar, Weiyan Jian, Russell Mannion and Robin Miller (2016) "Healthcare reform in China: making sense of a policy experiment?", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 324-330

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-12-2014-0200

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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