National Health Care in the U.K. and China Comparison Essay by michaelbourt

National Health Care in the U.K. and China
Compares the different national political approaches to welfare policy in the UK and China in relation to health care.
# 147324 | 2,795 words | 7 sources | APA | 2008 | GB

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This paper commences by exploring the historical political progressions that have occurred in medical welfare provisions in both the United Kingdom and China since the late 1940s. After the communist revolution, the Chinese state directly guided and funded the health care provision; however, the author underscores that this system is not as comprehensive and universal as the U.K. national health service. The paper relates that both countries, especially China, appear to be moving more toward a political attitude that favors free market health care. The paper includes informational footnotes.

From the Paper:

"Conversely it is the nature of the Chinese political system which has allowed this to occur. Whereas the democratic electorate in Britain would be vehemently opposed to any wholesale privatization of health care, in China the one party state has been able to carry out such policy applications irrespective of the wishes of the wider population. This is not to say that the Chinese government lacks concern for the health care needs of Chinese citizens, merely that a generally disagreeable policy has been successfully implemented and in the future may prove beneficial for the Chinese people."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blumenthal, D and Hsiao, W (2005) 'Privatisation and its Discontents: the evolving Chinese health care system'. The New England Journal of Medicine, 353: pp. 1165-1170.
  • Childs, D (2001) Britain Since 1945: a political history. London: Routledge.
  • Cook, C and Stevenson, J (2000) The Longman Companion to Britain Since 1945. London: Pearson.
  • Glennerster, H (2000) British Social Policy Since 1945. London: Wily Blackwell.
  • Hesketh T and Wei XZ (1997) 'Health in China: from Mao to market reform'. British Medical Journal, 314: pp. 1543-1545.

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