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Panel Discussion – Ten Years of Healthcare Reform in China: Progress and Gaps in Universal Health Coverage
October 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Winnie Yip, Professor of the Practice of International Health Policy and Economics
Barry Bloom, Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health
William Hsiao, K.T. Li Research Professor of Economics
Hong Wang, Senior Program Officer, Gates Foundation
In 2009, China launched major health-care reform to provide all citizens with equal access to basic health care with reasonable quality and financial risk protection. The Government quadrupled its funding for health, expanded social insurance for all, and encouraged local governments to conduct pilots to reform their health delivery system. In 10 years, China has made substantial progress in improving equal access to care and enhancing financial protection, especially for people of lower socioeconomic status. However, gaps remain. Professor Yip will be joined by a panel of speakers who will comment on future prospects for China’s health care system and will engage with the audience on lessons to be drawn for other countries aspiring to achieve universal health coverage.