In nations all across the globe, health care reform has been, and continues to be, a major public policy and public administration challenge. China is certainly no exception. In 2016, the China Joint Study Partnership published a detailed report on health care reform in China. The Foreword to the report was co-signed by three P.R.C. Ministers (Ministers of Finance, National Health and Family Planning Commission, and Human Resources and Social Security) as well as by the President of the World Bank Group and the Director-General of the World Health Organization. The Foreword to the report read in part: “The report’s main theme is the need for China to transition its health care delivery system toward people-centered, high quality, integrated care built on the foundation of a strong primary care system…The report focuses not only on the top-level design for reform; it also addresses the importance of how to make reform work on the ground.”
a. Do you think that present-day China’s health care delivery system needs to be reformed? Why/Why not?
b. How, if at all, should health care reform address the needs of the growing elderly population?