China’s Health System

The country I choose is China.

Discussion: How redistributive is your country’s health care system? What are the roles of public and private insurance? What sources of tax revenue are used to finance public insurance programs and how progressive are they? How strongly are health outcomes related to socioeconomic status? Does the system systematically underserve any particular population sub-groups?

As described in the syllabus, the Notes assignment is to respond to the above questions with 1.5-2 pages of written text. Bullet points are acceptable, but everything should be written in complete sentences.

These Readings might help you:

• David Cutler. “Your Money or Your Life.” Chapters 9 and 10.

• *Chen, A., E. Oster, and H. Williams. Why is Infant Mortality in the US Higher than in Europe. Discussion paper, 2013. (Available here:… les/uploads/imr.pdf)

• Mackenbach, Johan P., et al. “Socioeconomic inequalities in health in 22 European countries.” New England Journal of Medicine 358.23 (2008): 2468- 2481. (Available here:

• Makinen, Marty, et al. “Inequalities in health care use and expenditures: empirical data from eight developing countries and countries in transition.”Bulletin of the World Health Organization 78.1 (2000): 55-65. (Available here:

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