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Workshop on "Reforming Public Hospitals in China: Emerging Models and Policy Options"
Organized by
Institute for Public Policy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Date : 24 - 25 August 2017
The Chinese health care system has undergone substantial overhaul since 2009 when the national health care reform commenced. While the reform has led to impressive improvement in certain areas, such as universal insurance coverage for both rural and urban population, the progress on reforming public hospitals, the cornerstone of the country’s health care delivery system, has been much less impressive in comparison, despite strong political will and substantial increase in government health expenditure. Improving the efficiency of public hospitals remains a formidable task as most reform efforts have been overshadowed by perverse incentives rooted deeply in the hospital system.

In recent years, some potentially promising models in China’s public hospital reform have emerged, with varying focuses and practices. While some appear to involve little more than piecemeal tinkering, others have embarked on reform measures in more substantial terms, such as the policy pilot in Sanming City in Fujian Province, or the socalled “Sanming Model”. Given the challenges in reforming public hospitals in China, it is of critical importance to analyze the design, implementation and performance of these emerging models to gain insights about policy options as China’s public hospital reform is entering the so-called “deep water zone”. What is the overall trend of public hospital reforms in China in the past decade? Have emerging reform models converged or diverged in orientation and substance? To what extent have the new initiatives been able to address perverse incentives, improve efficiency and accessibility and contain costs? Are there any generalisable lessons for hospital reforms in China and beyond?

This two-day workshop aims to bring together solid empirical studies that examine the new practices and models of public hospital reforms in China to address important questions above. It aims to fill the gap in the literature and contribute to health policy-making in China and beyond. Both quantitative and qualitative papers are welcome, and priority will be given to research focuses on the policy intervention of a specific locality or compares practices of multiple local initiatives.

Selected papers presented in the workshop will be published in a special issue in China Policy Journal, a new open access journal by Policy Studies Organization (PSO), and (or) an edited volume. The workshop organizer, the Institute for Public Policy at HKUST, will pay for economy airfare and accommodation for paper presenters. The deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2017. Abstracts should be submitted to Ms. Eliza Tang at The abstracts should be about 300 words and provide a concise summary of the paper’s main arguments, including purpose, research questions, methods, data source (if applicable), and conclusions.

Organizing Committee:
Professor Alex Jingwei He, Associate Head, Department of Asian and Policy Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong Professor
Xun Wu, Director, Institute for Public Policy, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Professor Karen Eggleston, Director, the Asia Health Policy Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Professor Qingyue Meng, Dean, School of Public Health, Peking University
Institute for Public Policy (IPP)
Room 4611, Academic Building, Clear Water Bay,
Kowloon, Hong Kong