Health Philanthropy in China: Report by the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (featuring Professor Winnie Yip)

The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS) has published a series of China Issue Guides that examine philanthropic activity in China and highlight important information for those interested in giving to the health sector and three other key issue areas. In a chapter HCHP Faculty Director Winnie Yip authored for the CAPS Health Philanthropy report, she discusses the landscape of health care in China, including areas that require more attention…

New Publication: Technology Platforms Are Revolutionizing Health Care Service Delivery in China

In this article, we describe China’s Internet health market and illustrate how technology platforms are revolutionizing health care delivery. We utilize two unique data sources: data from the Internet portals of major four Internet health platforms (extracted using Web-scraping tools), together with billing data from one of the four platforms. While China’s Internet health market encompasses a variety of different health care services and products, we focus our discussion on…

China’s COVID-19 Policy Response

At an LSE event entitled “China and the World in the Post-COVID Era,” Dr. Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, shared her insights on China’s COVID-19 policy response. Dr. Yip highlighted the continued uncertainty that Chinese society–and the world as a whole–faces as a result of COVID and the cautious approach that the government has taken in maintaining its zero-COVID policy. She suggests that the question is not…

New Publication: Understanding online dual practice of public hospital doctors in China: a mixed-methods study

Telemedicine and telehealth hold promise for reducing access barriers, improving quality and containing medical costs. As Internet companies enter the healthcare market, a rising number of online healthcare platforms have emerged worldwide. In some countries like China, public hospital doctors are providing direct-to-consumer telemedicine services on these commercial platforms as independent providers. Such online service provision creates a new form of dual practice, which we refer to as ‘online dual…

New Publication: Distance effects and home bias in patient choice on the Internet: Evidence from an online healthcare platform in China

Telemedicine and telehealth hold promise for reducing access barriers caused by travel distance. However, little is known about how the Internet affects patients’ online provider choices and thus the spatial distribution of healthcare utilization. This study investigates the effect of distance on flows of online medical consultations using a unique dataset from one of the leading third-party online healthcare platforms in China: Haodf.com. We show that the geographic distance between…

New Publication: Hospital management practices in county-level hospitals in rural China and international comparison

This study assessed the management practices of county-level hospitals in Guizhou in southwest China during 2015 using the Development World Management Survey (D-WMS) instrument to interview 273 managers in 139 hospitals and score the hospitals’ management practices. On a scale of 1 (‘worst practice’) to 5 (‘best practice’), the mean (SD) hospital D-WMS scores were 2.57 (0.46) overall; 2.71 (0.48), 2.64 (0.58), 2.40 (0.64), and 2.56 (0.40) for operation, monitoring,…

Third Flagship Training on Health Care Financing with China’s NHSA

From December 6 – 10, 2021, the Harvard China Health Partnership (HCHP) hosted nearly 40 senior national and provincial-level government policymakers from China’s National Healthcare Security Administration (NHSA) for the “Third Annual Flagship Training on Effective and Sustainable Health Care Financing” in Qingdao, Shandong. On-site attendees were joined online by almost 150 other NHSA officials from across the country, including more than 30 high-ranking officials who participated in special viewing…

New Publication: Social Technology: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Care for Older Adults

How to integrate global population aging and technology development to help address the growing demands for care facing many aging societies–such as China–is both a challenge and an opportunity for innovation. In research supported by the Jiangsu Industrial Technology Institute in China, the authors propose a social technology approach that promotes use of technologies to assist individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the disabilities of older adults who can…

New Publication: Impact of global budget combined with pay-for-performance on the quality of care in county hospitals: a difference-in-differences study design with a propensity-score-matched control group using data from Guizhou province, China

Background: Provider payment system has a profound impact on health system performance. In 2016, a number of counties in rural Guizhou, China, implemented global budget (GB) for county hospitals with quality control measures. The aim of this study is to measure the impact of GB combined with pay-for-performance on the quality of care of inpatients in county-level hospitals in China. Methods: Inpatient cases of four diseases, including pneumonia, chronic asthma,…