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,…

2021 Chinese Health Economics Development Forum: Trends in Multi-tiered Insurance Programs

Fourth Chinese Health Economics Development Forum Event Poster

In 2009, China embarked on health reforms that would eventually expand coverage of its social health insurance (SHI) programs to approximately 96% of the population. To ensure the long-term financial sustainability of its social health insurance programs, China is assessing the package of services that should be covered under its SHI programs and considering the potential role of commercial insurance in providing supplementary coverage. The Fourth Chinese Health Economics Development…

Professor Winnie Yip Discusses Pathways to UHC at 2021 World Health Forum

World Health Forum Event Poster

At the opening plenary session of the inaugural World Health Forum hosted by Tsinghua University, Dr. Winnie Yip, Faculty Director of the Harvard China Health Partnership, was invited to share her long-running research on pathways to universal health coverage and lessons for China’s health system. Opening remarks at the Forum, themed “Building a Resilient Public Health System,” were delivered by Vice Premier SUN Chunlan, and approximately 400,000 attendees joined the…

Philanthropy in the Health Sector: UBS Philanthropy Forum Greater China 2021

At the UBS Philanthropy Forum Greater China held from November 18-19, 2021, Amy Lo, Co-head of UBS Wealth Management APAC and Head of UBS Hong Kong Branch, highlighted the need for a philanthropic roadmap to navigate the health and environmental challenges created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The hybrid event, themed “Reimagining Philanthropy for the Next Decade,” attracted 700 participants to explore topics in health and environment philanthropy, climate change,…

New Publication: Hospital response to a case-based payment scheme under regional global budget: the case of Guangzhou in China

Social Science and Medicine

Both developed and developing countries have been searching for effective provider payment methods to control health expenditure inflation. In January 2018, Guangzhou city in Southern China initiated an innovative case-based payment method for inpatient care under the framework of the regional global budget, called the Diagnosis-Intervention Packet (DIP). Contrary to the usual practice of the case-based payment, the DIP payment scheme includes a price adjustment mechanism through which the actual…

Research Grants Announced: China’s Ageing Population and Lessons from China’s COVID-19 Response

Dr. Winnie Yip, Faculty Director of the Harvard China Health Partnership, will serve as the advisor for six research teams examining key questions related to China’s ageing population and lessons learned from China’s COVID-19 pandemic response. The projects, part of a 2021 research grant program promoting the development of a 21st Century Healthcare System in China, are funded by the Taikang Health Foundation and were announced at a November 2021 event…

iNewsweek: China’s village medicine – how did we get here?

In an interview with iNewsweek (Chinese: 中国新闻周刊), Dr. Winnie Yip discusses the historical transition in China’s health system towards its current hospital-centric care delivery model. Prior to China’s health reforms, village-level doctors were the main providers of patient care. The quality of services provided by these village doctors was highly variable, and many of them exhibited profit maximization behavior by limiting provision of services with lower subsidies. This began to change…