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Catastrophic outpatient health payments and health payment-induced poverty under China's New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme

Yang, Wei (2014) Catastrophic outpatient health payments and health payment-induced poverty under China's New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 37 (1). pp. 64-85. ISSN 2040-5790. (doi:10.1093/aepp/ppu017) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:41253)

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Abstract

In 2003, the New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) was initiated in China to provide rural inhabitants with financial protection against health risks. The benefit package was extended to outpatient care in 2007. Using the China Health and Nutrition Survey of 2009, this paper examines the relationship between the households participating in the NCMS and the level and distribution of catastrophic health payments and health payment-induced poverty resulting from outpatient care. The study finds no significant difference in terms of catastrophic health payments and health payment-induced poverty before and after NCMS reimbursement. The out-of-pocket payments (OOP) are concentrated disproportionately among the poor even after the insurance reimbursement. This heavy burden of OOP payments has become a poverty trap for the poor. This study calls for a more comprehensive insurance and effective insurance package.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/aepp/ppu017
Uncontrolled keywords: New Cooperative Medical Scheme, Social health, insurance, Catastrophic health payments, Health payment-induced poverty, China
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2014 13:30 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41253 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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