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“Three essential elements” of the primary health care system: A comparison between California in the US and Guangdong in China

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      The primary health care system (PHCS) is the portal and basis for the national health delivery system. There are a number of elements which comprise the PHCS, but the system cannot be established and developed without the support of “three essential elements,” including general practitioners (GPs), health insurance, and government health investment. Through comparative analysis of the “three essential elements” of the PHCS between California in the US and Guangdong in China, this article indicates that there are three important aspects in developing a PHCS in China, as follows: training qualified GPs; establishing a diversified health insurance system to strengthen the policy connections between health insurance and the PHCS thereby increasing government health investment; and broadening health financing channels.

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            Affiliations
            1School of Health Management, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou 510182, China
            2California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles 91325, USA
            Author notes
            CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Donghai Wei, School of Health Management, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou 510182, China, E-mail: weidhai@ 123456vip.163.com
            Journal
            FMCH
            Family Medicine and Community Health
            FMCH
            Family Medicine and Community Health & American Chinese Medical Education Association (USA )
            xxx-xxx
            2305-6983
            March 2015
            April 2015
            : 3
            : 1
            : 23-29
            fmch20150107
            10.15212/FMCH.2015.0107
            Copyright © 2015 Family Medicine and Community Health

            This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

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            Section One: The Chronic Disease Challenge for General Practitioners

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