This topic provides students with an overview of health systems and major health policies in a number of countries, with a particular focus on current health reform agendas. The potential relevance of international health reforms to the Chinese health system are explored. Countries included in the discussion are Australia, USA, UK, Singapore, New Zealand and Canada. In addition the topic considers the validity of making international comparisons, health reforms in developing countries and the impact of globalization on health.
This topic aims to develop students' understanding of health sytems and health policies in different countries and to enable students to make an assessment of the relevance of international health reforms to the Chinese health system.