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Prescribing behaviour of village doctors under China's New Cooperative Medical Scheme

Sun, Xiaoyun; Jackson, Sukhan; Carmichael, Gordon; Sleigh, Adrian


In 2003, China introduced a new community-based rural health insurance called the New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS). In 2005, to assess the NCMS effects on village doctors' prescribing behaviour, we compared an NCMS county and a non-NCMS county in Shandong Province. We collected information from a representative total of 2271 patient visits in 30 village health stations (15 per county). The average number of drugs prescribed (4.6 in the NCMS county vs. 3.1 in the non-NCMS county) and use of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Social Science and Medicine
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.02.043


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