Paying for outpatient care in rural China: cost escalation under China's New Co-operative Medical Scheme.

@article{Yang2015PayingFO,
  title={Paying for outpatient care in rural China: cost escalation under China's New Co-operative Medical Scheme.},
  author={Wei Yang and Xun Cheng Wu},
  journal={Health policy and planning},
  year={2015},
  volume={30 2},
  pages={
          187-96
        }
}
China's New Co-operative Medical Scheme (NCMS), a government-subsidized health insurance programme, was launched in 2003 in response to deterioration in access to health services in rural areas. Initially designed to cover inpatient care, it has begun to expand its benefit package to cover outpatient care since 2007. The impacts of this initiative on outpatient care costs have raised growing concern, in particular regarding whether it has in fact reduced out-of-pocket (OOP) payments for… CONTINUE READING
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