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First academic workshop on the Institutional Foundations of Rural Health held at Tsinghua University

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The first academic workshop on the Institutional Foundations of Rural Health was held at Tsinghua University on 17th June 2007.

It was sponsored by the China Health Development Forum and IDS (Institute of Development Studies, UK), and organised by the Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University. Researchers from the POVILL and Future Health Systems RPC participated. The participants introduced findings of their studies from the viewpoints of sociology, political science and public policy analysis and shared issues arising from their research.

The workshop had a positive influence on the application of institutional analysis to rural health policy research in China by identifying researchable issues and encouraging additional research in both projects.

Participants agreed on plans for academic communication. The China Health Economic Institute (CHEI) will organize a follow-up workshop in October, to prepare for a special session at the Global Health Forum and to promote the cross-disciplinary communication.

The main participants and the themes of their presentations were:




Gerry Bloom

Institute of Development StudyUK

Managing Transition in China’s Rural Health System

Pei Xiaomei

Tsinghua UniversityChina

1.Why Should We Study Institution?

2.The Social Construction of Health Care Market: The Case of a Rural Hospital

Fang Lijie

China Health Economics Institute(CHEI)

1.A Study of the Institutional Process of the China Rural Health System ---- The evolution processes and Institutional Arrangements of NCMS and MA

2.Efficiency, Legitimacy and Performance of Township Hospital – A case study of two township hospitals in transitional China


Zhao Hongwen


China Health Economics Institute(CHEI)

Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme in China: Change of institutional foundation from economic and sociological perspectives


Wang Yunping

China Health Economics Institute(CHEI)

Research on Policy Process of Rural New Cooperative Medical Scheme and Medical Assistance Scheme in China           

Xu Yuebin

Beijing Normal University, China

Problems in Policy Designing for the Medical Assistance Program

Fang Jing


International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), China

Some Institutional Issues Underlying the Health System in Poor Rural China


Cao Zhiyong

Tsinghua University, China

Searching for Legitimization in Transition


Wan Xinhui

Tsinghua University, China

Reputation Building in Organization of Rural Health Care Delivery