Reforming health services for equity and efficiency in urban China.


This report describes the research project conducted between October 1998 and January 2002. The study was carried out in Nantong and Zibo (China) to provide systematic evidence on how changes in health financing have affected the equity and efficiency of health provision in these cities. Health needs, health finance and expenditure, access to and use of health services, health insurance, gender issues, and efficiency in the provision of health services are evaluated.


Institute of Social Medicine and Health Policy, Shandong University, China; School of Public Health, Fudan University, China; Chinese Health Economics Institute; Institute of Development Studies, UK; Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden; Institute of Medical Sociology, University of Hamburg, Germany; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, 228 pp.

Published 1 January 2002