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Tiger Event


June 18, 2021 at 12:00:00 AM

The Impact of China’s 2009 Health Reforms and How Well Did It Serve the Pandemic Response

Presenter / Panelists

Vivian K. Lin, Executive Associate Dean, Professor of Practice (Public Health), LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong


Heng Leng Chee, Former Associate Professor, Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia and former Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

China’s rapid economic growth over the past 40 years was accompanied by emerging health problems such as non-communicable diseases, an ageing population, and rising expectations about health. Difficulties with health financing, healthcare delivery, and public health made health service reform urgent.

In 2009, China embarked upon comprehensive reform of the health system after decades of community complaints about difficulties in access to and cost of health care. Ten years later the effectiveness of the new health system was tested by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This talk will consider the achievements and shortfalls of the health reform and consider how well the health system was prepared for COVID-19, if not the next health challenge.

Vivian Lin will provide a history of health policy and reform in China, highlighting SARS and what led to the 2009 reforms. Involved with the 10-year review of the reforms conducted at the request of the Chinese government, Vivian will share data from that review to discuss the impact of the reforms over the 2009-19 decade. The final portion of her presentation will look back and also look forward, reflecting on COVID and implications for the future.

Registration for the talk is by email invitation only, and at this time participation is limited to members of our Tiger Community, including Helen Lin's students, colleagues, family, and invited guests. We welcome friends and colleagues of Tiger Community members to join us -- please have them send us their contact information, so we can send them an invitation. Email:


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