How to Measure a Country’s Health System Performance: The Case of China

March 2008

YL Portrait (Dr._Yuanli_Liu_-_Director_China_Initiative.jpg)Dr. Yuanli Liu, is a Senior Lecturer of International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Director of the China Initiative. Dr. Liu has been teaching and conducting research studies in the areas of health financing and health system analysis since 1994 at Harvard. He was profiled by the HSPH in 2003 as one of six “Future Leaders in Public Health.” He is also an Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management at Tsinghua University and the founding director of the Health and Development Institute at the Tsinghua School of Public Policy and Management in Beijing. He is also a member of the Expert Committee on Health Policy and Management of the Chinese Ministry of Health. Dr. Liu has conducted extensive studies on health policy and health system reforms in developing countries, particularly in China. Through a series of applied health policy studies and senior health policy seminars, Dr. Liu has made important contributions to the process of reforming and developing China’s systems of financing healthcare for the urban poor (MEDICAID), organizing public health surveillance, pricing and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical services, hospital governance, and delivering community health services. He helped build the China Network of Training and Research of Health Economics and Financing, which consists of nine major Chinese universities and the China Health Economics Institute.

Dr. Liu is a member of the UN Millennium Development Taskforce on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, and Access to Basic Medicines. He has consulted for many international agencies, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, as well as global corporations. He serves as the Executive Vice President of the China Foundation, Inc., a US-based think-tank and charitable organization.

Dr. Liu lectured on Health System Analysis and the American Healthcare Financing System at the 2007 China Senior Health Executive Education Program. He also lectured on Analyzing China’s Urban Healthcare Issues, Health Systems Analysis, and the U.S. Health Care System at the 2006 Program.