Propelling the development of health economics with Chinese characteristics

MAO Zhenhua1,2 WANG Jian1,2 MAO Zongfu1,2 GUO Min1,2 YUAN Xuedan1,2

(1.Dong Fureng Economic & Social Development School, Wuhan University)
(2.Center for Health Economics and Management at School of Economics and Management,Wuhan University)

【Abstract】At the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Healthy China Initiative was proposed, upholding the idea of comprehensive health featuring including health into all policies. In this context, a discipline of health economics with Chinese characteristics is expected to be constructed with a sound theoretical system and an analytical framework. The discipline construction of health economics with Chinese characteristics is premised on the socialist system with Chinese characteristics. The key to successful discipline construction is that it should keep pace with the times. Health economics, which has evolved from a sector-specific economics of health and health care to comprehensive health economics, enjoys a broad and full research scope. It has its own priority and is capable of overcoming shortcomings detected in economics of health and health care. This is conducive to promoting the Healthy China Initiative accommodating to the socialist system with Chinese characteristics. There are underlying health economics theories and practices behind the behavioral strategies and resource allocation in the Chinese fighting against the neo coronavirus pneumonia. Never has it become so imperative to establish and propel the discipline of health economics in China. Many major health economic issues in China, such as the prevention and control of major epidemics, call for a health economics discipline with a multi-player, whole-process and multi-layer interpretation system.

【Keywords】 health economics with Chinese characteristics; comprehensive health; interdisciplinary;


【Funds】 National Natural Science Foundation of China (71373146)

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Article Outline


  • 1 Review of health economics in China and abroad: inheritance, evolution and status quo
  • 2 Health economics with Chinese characteristics: to keep abreast of the times and shoulder the historical mission
  • 3 Health economics with Chinese characteristics: framework and innovation
  • 4 Disciplinary construction of health economics with Chinese characteristics: measures, theoretical value and practical significance
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