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Health insurance reforms in Asia

Author: Sabrina Ching Yuen Luk
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book empirically examines health care financing reforms and popular responses in three major cities in East Asia: Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong. It adopts a new revised version of the theory of historical institutionalism to compare and explain the divergent reform paths in these three places over the past three decades. It also examines forces that propel institutional change. The book provides three  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sabrina Ching Yuen Luk
ISBN: 9780415870702 0415870704
OCLC Number: 859253385
Description: xiii, 202 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Analyzing Health Care Financing Reform: A Refined Theory of Historical Institutionalism 2. Debating Health Care Reform 3. Shanghai: The Creation of Foreign Settlements and the Introduction of Novel Ideas about Health and Hygiene 4. Contemporary Shanghai: The Dynamics of Health Insurance Reform 5. Singapore: Building Health Care in a Colonial Settlement 6. Contemporary Singapore: Managing Health Care Finance 7. Hong Kong: Western Ideas in a Chinese City 8. Contemporary Hong Kong: Ongoing Debates about Health Care Finance 9. The Way Forward
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"This book empirically examines health care financing reforms and popular responses in three major cities in East Asia: Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong. It adopts a new revised version of the theory of historical institutionalism to compare and explain the divergent reform paths in these three places over the past three decades. It also examines forces that propel institutional change. The book provides three detailed case studies on the development of health care financing reforms and the politics of implementing them. It shows that health care systems in Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong were the products of Western presence in the nineteenth century. It illustrates how greater attention is paid to the roles played by ideas, actors, and environmental triggers without abandoning the core assumptions that political institutions and policy feedback remain central to impact health care financing reforms. It shows that health care financing reform is shaped by a complex interplay of forces over time. It also provides the most updated material about health care financing reforms in Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The central argument of this book is that health care financing reform is both an evolving process responding to changing circumstances and a political process revealing an intricate interplay of power relationships and diverse interests. It shows that institutional changes in health care financing system can be incremental but transformative in nature. It argues that social policies will continue to develop and welfare states will continue to adapt and evolve in order to cope with new risks and needs. This book sheds new lights on understanding the politics of health care financing reform and sources and modes of institutional change."--

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