Reem Hafez is a DPhil student in the Nuffield Department of Population Health. Her research aims to better understand the impact of health insurance on financial risk protection in rural China.
Researchers from Europe and Africa gathered in Oxford on the 27th and 28th February 2014 to share knowledge on health systems research, economics and governance in health management.
The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is a major Wellcome Trust’s overseas programmes. Its work has had a major influence on national and international health policy. Research spans a wide variety of topics and disciplines including research on malaria and bacterial and viral infectious diseases, work to map disease risk and intervention coverage and work on research ethics and health systems strengthening.
Reem highlights how financing of health care in China has rapidly evolved. Reem’s presentation brings out the challenges that China faced at the dawn of healthcare reforms from limited government funding, lack of insurance coverage, unaffordable access to healthcare etc. to suggestions based on research on ‘How to ensure that the additional funding will result in cost-effective, quality health care services’.