Nov. 25, 2021 (NewsRx) – By a news reporter-staff-news editor at Insurance Daily News – New research on health and medicine – Health planning and management is the subject of a report. According to a news coverage from NewsRx correspondents in Manchester, UK, the research said, “Since the early 2000s, the Chinese government has sought to stimulate the growth of private health insurance (PHI) while expanding the breadth of coverage in the social insurance system (GKV). This post examines how the prevalence of PHI has changed over this period and to what extent PHI has contributed to the growth of horizontal and geographic inequalities, with an emphasis on health care utilization. “

Financial support for this research came from the China Scholarship Council / University of Edinburgh Joint Scholarship.

Our news editors received a quote from the University of Manchester study: “National data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey between 2000 and 2015 were analyzed using a tiered modeling approach. The analysis examined the effects of GKV membership in relation to the use of private health insurance, the use of health services by members of private health insurance and the expenses (OOP). In this study, it was found that use of PHI reduced the use of PHI between 2004 and 2015. The coverage prevalence of PHI in a shared apartment was positively linked to the average use of health care. The coverage prevalence of PHI and its impact on health care utilization varied geographically. The results suggest that expanding the role of the PHI has not been effective without clear support from government policy. “

According to the news editors, the research concluded, “In addition, the expansion of the PHI may lead to an increase in horizontal and geographic inequalities in health care utilization.”

This research has been peer-reviewed.

For more information on this study, see: Analyzing the Impact of Private Health Insurance on Inequalities in Health Care Use: A Longitudinal Study from China. Health Policy and Planning, 2021; 36 (10): 1593-1604. Health policy and planning can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England. (Oxford University Press – http://www.oup.com/; Health Policy and Planning – heapol.oxfordjournals.org)

The News Editors report that more information is available from Angelo Ercia, Division of Informatics, Imaging & Data Sciences, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.

The direct object identifier (DOI) for this additional information is: https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czab107. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document, either free or available for purchase, that can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.

The publisher’s contact information for the journal Health Policy and Planning is: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England.

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