Diabetes Care in China

Impacts of Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) and Insurance on Quality and Utilization

by Zhen Wang

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Abstract

Today, China is facing a serious and fast growing challenge of a diabetes epidemic. With the largest diabetic population in the world, 9.7% of Chinese aged 20 and over have diabetes. However, diabetes care is far from satisfactory. The problem is further complicated by the widespread use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and by disparities in insurance coverage. This dissertation intends to explore quality and utilization of diabetes care in China.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    China's Health Care System: An Introduction

  • Chapter Three

    Diabetes Care in China

  • Chapter Four

    Similarities and Differences between TCM and Conventional Therapy in Physicians' Practice: A Qualitative Analysis

  • Chapter Five

    Effects of TCM and Insurance on Quality and Utilization of Inpatient Care Services: A Quantitative Analysis

  • Chapter Six

    Findings and Limitations

  • Chapter Seven

    Discussion and Policy Implications

This document was submitted as a dissertation in September 2011 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Allen Freemont (Chair), Gery Ryan, and Hao Yu.

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