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China: Bioethics, Trust, and the Challenge of the Market

Tao Lai Po-wah, J. (Ed.)

2008, XII, 212 p.

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  • Provides a unique set of perspectives on health care reform in China
  • Provides contemporary Confucian, other Chinese, and Western perspectives on the perceived difficulties of market reforms in health care
  • Provides an important overview of the health care system in China prior to the market reforms of the 1980s and 90s from Chinese scholars who are familiar with the full range of implications of those policies
  • Provides reflections of contemporary Confucian and other perspectives on the role of trust in the doctor-patient relationship

This volume provides a unique perspective on the market reforms currently taking place in Chinese health care. The authors come to grips with the changes taking place in Chinese health care and its effect on the traditional doctor-patient relationship, but also its positive effects on the availability and quality of health care particularly in urban areas. In doing so the various authors wrestle with moral, political and social issues deeply ingrained in Chinese culture as well as the perceived practical and moral difficulties associated with the change to a market oriented economy especially in area of health care. This volume should be of particular interest to bioethicists, those interested in contemporary Chinese philosophy, and of course those working in health care policy, Chinese policy, comparative health care policy, or any combination thereof.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ethics - Medical Ethics - bioethics - health - issue - morality - philosophy

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Medicine - Philosophy - Political Science

Table of contents 

Acknowledgments.1.Introduction; Trust, The Market and Bioethics.Julia Tao Lai Po-wah:Preface:The Bioethics of Trust; H.T. Engelhardt Jr & Aaron H. Hinkley: An Overview of the Debate; 2. Health Care Policy in China.;Yongfu Cao, Yunling Wang & Linjuan Zheng: Towards a Confucian Approach to Health Care Allocation in China: A Dynamic Geography;Benfu Li & Linying Hu: Trust is the Core of the Physician-Patient Relationship: From the Viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medical Ethics; Xiao Yong Chen, Tongwei Yang & Xiuqoin Shen: Medical Resources, the Market, and the Development of Private Hospitals in China; H.T.Engelhardt Jr.: China, Beware: What American Health Care has to Learn from Singapore; 3. Trust, Profit, Scarcity and Integrity: Confucian Thought and Traditional Morality. Julia Tao Lai Po-wah: Confucian Foundations of Trust and Responsibility; Ana Iltis: The Pursuit of an Efficient, Sustainable Health Care System in China: The Role of Health Care Organizations; Ruiping Fan: A Reconstructionist Confucian Approach to Chinese Health Care: The Ethical Principles, the Market, and Policy Reforms. 4. The Market and Health Care. Zhizeng Du : Health Care Services, Markets, and the Confucian Moral Tradition: Establishing a Humanistic Health Care Market. Frederic J. Fransen: Markets, Trust, and the Nurturing of a Culture of Responsibility: Implications for Health Care Policy in China; Jeremy R. Garrett: Fostering Professional Virtue in the Market: Reflections on the Challenges Facing Chinese Health Care Reform; 5. Looking to the Future of China: Can Confucius Guide the Health Care Market? Ren-Zong Qui: On the Reform of Health Care Reform; J.T. Ho: Is Singapore’s Health Care System Morally Problematic? A Philosophical Analysis.

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