Re­searchers work to­wards im­prov­ing health­care in China

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Regulatory News -

A group of re­searchers at Har­vard Univer­sity have de­signed a sys­tem that aligns fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for physi­cians and hos­pi­tals with key mea­sures of per­for­mance, hop­ing to im­prove health care for mil­lions of pa­tients in some of China’s poor­est re­gions. The ini­tia­tive—called AP­PROACH, for Anal­y­sis of Provider Pay­ment Re­forms on Ad­vanc­ing China’s Health—is be­ing con­ducted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments and with teams from Chinese uni­ver­si­ties. The plan is be­ing im­ple­mented at 50 hos­pi­tals in 28 coun­ties, and is part of a broader effort to im­prove care at dif­fer­ent lev­els of the nation’s health care sys­tem. The effort fol­lows on the Chinese govern­ment’s 2009 health care over­haul, which more than tripled spend­ing and im­ple­mented an in­sur­ance sys­tem aimed at en­sur­ing ac­cess for 1.2 bil­lion peo­ple. The re­form made in­sur­ance univer­sal and in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion in the health care sys­tem, but with­out en­sur­ing im­prove­ments in qual­ity of care.

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