Toward a confucian family-oriented health care system for the future of China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-465
Journal / PublicationJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


Recently implemented Chinese health insurance schemes have failed to achieve a Chinese health care system that is family-oriented, family-based, family-friendly, or even financially sustainable. With this diagnosis in hand, the authors argue that a financially and morally sustainable Chinese health care system should have as its core family health savings accounts supplemented by appropriate health insurance plans. This essay's arguments are set in the context of Confucian moral commitments that still shape the background culture of contemporary China. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc.

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  • Confucian ethics, family, health insurance, health savings accounts