Effectiveness of health service/investment interventions aimed at reducing inequalities in health among older people in China: a longitudinal study

This project will investigate the effects of health service/investment on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention initiatives and health inequalities among elderly people in China. China has the largest ageing population in the world. NCDs are common among older people and have been found to increase the risks of health and mortality.

China has achieved nearly universal coverage of health insurance for elderly people since 2011; however, insufficient provision of health insurance and its unequal distribution according to different health insurance schemes among elderly people in China are likely to have considerable impact on the health outcomes of its fast-growing ageing population. In addition, the quality and availability of the health services and health investments vary greatly among provinces as a result of the provinces’ different levels of economic development. Investigating the efforts of health service/investment from the government have NCDs prevention initiatives and reduced the inequalities in health could help to understand the effectiveness of health investment in the last few years.

This project will use the micro level (individual) from Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey from 2008 to 2014 (16,840 respondents) and macro level (province) data from Chinese Statistics Yearbook. During these 6 years, the Chinese government has achieved universal coverage of health insurance as well as growth in the investment of health services. Multilevel models will be used to investigate the effects of health service/investment (macro level) on health inequalities among elderly people (individual level) in China spatially and temporally.

We expect to submit two academic publications. These papers will have the results and the discussions of current health policy. The discussions will feed into policy implications for future health care reform under the National Strategy “Healthy China 2030”, launched by the Chinese State Council in October 2016.

in 2019

Academic Publications:

Feng, Z., Jones, K., & Phillips D.R. (2019). Social exclusion, self-rated health and depression among older people in China: evidence from a national survey of older persons. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 82, 238-244.

Lei, P.,Feng, Z.,Ding, J., Duan, R., Yu, H., & Liu, Q. (2019). Evaluation of the status of medical resource allocation and service utilization in China. Health Economics Research,36(5), 50-55. (In Mandarin)


Academic Publications:

Feng, Phillips and Jones have published a paper named “A geographical multivariable multilevel analysis of social exclusion among older people in China: Evidence from the China Longitudinal Aging Social Survey ageing study”, 2018.

Lei, Feng, Ding, Jing & et al  have a paper titled “Evaluation of the current allocation of healthcare resources and service utilization in China” which is accepted to publish in Health Economics Research(In Chinese). 2018

Scholarly events:

  • 4th-6th July, 2018, Feng presented “Can state health investment prevent chronic diseases among older people in China?” at the British Society of Gerontology annual conference in Manchester, UK
  • 29th -30th October, 2018, we held a workshop “Health Service, Investment and Health Equality in China” at Zhejiang University, China.
  • 14th-18th Novermber, 2018. Feng presented a poster “The Effectiveness of Health Investment on Non-Communicable Diseases Among Older People in China: A Multilevel Study” at the Gerontological Society of America annual conference in Boston, US.

Professor GUO Naijia  Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Dr Doreen Au             Chinese University of Hong Kong         

Dr Wenjuab Zhang     Renmin University 

Dr Kai Lui                   Renmin University 

Professor David Phillips      Lingnan University

Wenjiong He     Zhejiang University

Hong Mi           Zhejiang University

Jin Feng             Fudan University

Minglai Zhu       Nankai University

Hai Gu               Nanjing University

Shaoguo Zhai    Northwest University

Vivian Lou         University of Hong Kong 

Yuehua Zhang   Zhejiang University

Zhixin Feng       University of Southampton 

Huijun Liu         Xi’an Jiaotong University

Chen Bai           Renmin University 

Yinan Yang        South China University of Technology

Feng Huang       Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Chaoqun Wang       Central China Normal University

Yi Zeng Zhongnan  University of Economics and Law

Peng Lei              The First People's Hospital of Jingmen, Hubei

Yixin Yang         Zhejiang University

Xinjie Zhang      Jiangsu University

Minjie Tian        WUN Office Coordinator, Zhejiang University

Xiaoyi Hu          Zhejiang University

Paicheng Liu      Sun Yat-sen University

Zhen Wang       Fudan University

Xing Ren           Northwest University

Lu Li                 Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Yaling Du          Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Siyu Tao            Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Jiangyun Chen   Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Mingming Xie    Zhengzhou University

Yue Liu                Zhejiang University

Guolong Wang  Zhejiang University

Lingxue Sun      Zhejiang University

Xinhao Lin         Zhejiang University

Associate Professor  Xiaoting Liu     Zhejiang University 

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