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Health Care Systems in Sweden and China: Legal and formal organisational aspects
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences. Lund University. (SHV)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences. Lund University. (SHV - tidigare AMER)
Fujian Medical University, China.
2010 (English)In: Health Research Policy and Systems, ISSN 1478-4505, E-ISSN 1478-4505, Vol. 8, 20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: To describe and compare health care in Sweden and China with regard to legislation, organisation, and finance.

METHODS: Literature review in Sweden and China to identify literature published from 1985 to 2008 using the same keywords. References in recent studies were scrutinized, national legislation and regulations and government reports were searched, and textbooks were searched manually.

RESULTS: The health care systems in Sweden and China show dissimilarities in legislation, organisation, and finance. In Sweden there is one national law concerning health care while in China the law includes the "Hygienic Common Law" and the "Fundamental Health Law" which is under development. There is a tendency towards market-orientated solutions in both countries. Sweden has a well-developed primary health care system while the primary health care system in China is still under development and relies predominantly on hospital-based care concentrated in cities.

CONCLUSION: Despite differences in health care systems, Sweden and China have similar basic assumptions, i.e. to combine managerial-organisational efficiency with the humanitarian-egalitarian goals of health care, and both strive to provide better care for all.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2010. Vol. 8, 20
Keyword [en]
Health care systems, legislation, organisation, Sweden, China
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-9501DOI: 10.1186/1478-4505-8-20OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-9501DiVA: diva2:372763
Available from: 2010-11-27 Created: 2010-11-27 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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