Private medicine in socialist China: A survey of the private medical market in Guangzhou

Pok Man Peter Yuen

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This study analyses the size and the characteristics of the private medical market in Guangzhou. Legislations related to the regulation of private medical establishments are examined. Data collected reveal that private sector provision of health services in China is still small and lacks sophistication. The article recommends further reforms in the fees and charges system; loosening of the restrictions of public doctors to undertake private practice; contracting‐out some of the state health services to private practitioners; and, creating a more favourable environment for private investment in the health care industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-221
Number of pages11
JournalThe International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992


  • China
  • Health services
  • Private sector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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