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China's Health Insurance Reform and Disparities in Healthcare Utilization and Costs

A Longitudinal Analysis

Published Feb 11, 2015

by Henu Zhao

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China's economic success during the past 30 years was not mirrored in its health care system. As a result, the rural-urban disparities in health insurance coverage and the related health care areas became prominent. Since the late 1990s, China has been expanding insurance coverage, in order to provide accessible and affordable health care to all residents. This study analyzes whether the insurance expansion reduces rural-urban disparities in terms of health care utilization and financial protection.

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