Innovating transitional institutions: The role of the Second Round Reimbursement policy in development of China’s New Cooperative Medical Scheme


Beatriz Carillo, University of Sydney


Lewis Husain first came to China in 2001, through Voluntary Service Overseas, a UK development charity. He was posted to a small town in Yunnan, where he spent two years working in the teaching college, teaching English and working on HIV/AIDS education. After an MA at Leeds, he returned to China to do HIV/STD outreach work in a public hospital in Shenzhen. Lewis later moved to Beijing to work as a researcher in a consultancy company providing a research on development issues in China as a base for strategic thinking by multinational companies with major investments in the country. Following a period as an analyst at the Confederation of British Industry, Lewis started his PhD at Leeds in 2008. His research looks at central-local dynamics and the importance of local innovation within the New Cooperative Medical Scheme, the flagship rural health insurance programme under development in China since 2003.


Beatriz Carrillo Garcia is a member of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Her work has looked at processes of social inclusion and exclusion of rural migrant workers in small urban centres. Her book Small Town China: Rural Labour and Social Exclusion (Routledge 2011) develops that theme through the case study of a county in north China.

More recently her research has concentrated on two projects: one looking at the impact of social policy on health and welfare provision; the other examining the interactions between the new rich and the state, especially in relationship to class formation. She is co-editor (with Jane Duckett) of China's Changing Welfare Mix: Local perspectives (Routledge 2011).