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Informal Payments and Regulations in China's Healthcare System

Red Packets and Institutional Reform

Authors: Yang, Jingqing

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  • Considers the rise, prevalence and regulation of the issue of informal payments in Chinese healthcare from 1949 to the present day
  • Puts the medical profession at the forefront of the debate on healthcare reform in China
  • Offers a widely relevant contribution to a key debate on healthcare in transition economies
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This text addresses the key issue of informal payments, or ‘red packets’, in the Chinese Healthcare system. It considers how transactions take place at the clinical level as well as their regulation. Analysing the practice from the perspectives of institutions and power structure, it examines how institutional changes in the pre-reform and reform era have changed the power structure between medical professions, patients and the Party-state, and how these changes have given rise and perpetuate the practice. Drawing from qualitative data from interviews of medical professionals, the author recognises the medical profession as a major player in the health care system and presents their perception of the practice as the taker of ‘red packets’ and their interactions with the patient and the state surrounding the illegal practice in an authoritarian power structure. The books considers the institutional reasons that motivate doctors to take, patients to give, and the government to "tolerate" red packets, arguing that the bureaucratization of the medical profession, society of acquaintances and shortage of quality of medical services jointly create an institutional setting that has given rise to these informal payments. Contributing to a rounded understanding of the problems of healthcare reform in China, this book is a key read for all scholars interested in the issue of informal payments and healthcare politics in transition economies.

About the authors

Dr Jingqing Yang is a Senior Lecturer in China Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. His research interests cover sociology of medicine, social history of Chinese healthcare system and medical professions, and China’s health reforms. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-2110-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-10-2109-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-10-9529-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Informal Payments and Regulations in China's Healthcare System
Book Subtitle
Red Packets and Institutional Reform
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-2110-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-2110-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-2109-1
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-9529-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 287
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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