Title: Reformation in Chinese healthcare: lessons to be learned from US best practices in consulting, education and development of health system change

Authors: Edward R. Balotsky, John J. Newhouse

Addresses: Department of Management, Erivan K. Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA. ' Department of Interdisciplinary Health Services, College of Arts and Science, Saint Joseph's University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

Abstract: Since the early 1990s there has been strong interest by the Chinese healthcare establishment to engage US healthcare leaders on a variety of educational and consultative services. This exchange has occurred on both sides of the Pacific, with Chinese delegations visiting US health systems, government agencies, and university programmes in health administration. US scholars and practitioners have also travelled to China for consultative and management services. Despite heavy dialogue between officials and industry experts from both countries, little is written on best practices for dealing with this work. This paper explores this question using the authors| experiences as consultants and educators with Chinese healthcare administrators and officials in the greater Shanghai area.

Keywords: health policy; distribution; cost shifting; health insurance; healthcare technology; healthcare financing; healthcare reform; China; Chinese healthcare; USA; United States; best practice; consulting; education; healthcare development; Shanghai.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCCM.2007.016169

International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management, 2007 Vol.1 No.1, pp.73 - 92

Published online: 07 Dec 2007 *

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