HKUST PPOL Newsletter Spring 2023

HKUST PPOL | Newsletter Spring 2023 17 Research Showcase He, Alex Jingwei, Azad Singh Bali, and M. Ramesh. “Active Stewardship in Healthcare: Lessons From China’s Health Policy Reforms.” one of “active stewardship” wherein the government is a central actor steering and coordinating the sector through a portfolio of diverse policy tools. In this conceptualization, the government is not a passive participant—in merely financing, delivering, or regulating the sector—but a steersman at the helm that sets policy objectives and actively pursues them. It is argued that active stewardship is central to achieving contemporary health policy priorities of universal healthcare. By his paper conceptualizes the government’s role in contemporary health policy as T applying this conceptualization to China’s recent healthcare forms, it is shown that the role of the government in governing the sector has changed substantially over time, particularly since 2009, and the changes are showing promising results. China’s experience suggests that governments need to more actively guide and shape the behaviour of both public and private players in order to achieve the goals of universal health coverage. It also suggests that a high degree of policy capacity is essential if active stewardship is to be effective. Social Policy & Administration 56.6 (2022): 925-940. Word cloud of policy documents of the National Healthcare Security Administration (Chinese)