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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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          Abstract

          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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                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
                Affiliations
                [1] 1School of Health Management, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou 510182, China
                [2] 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
                Article
                fmch20150107
                10.15212/FMCH.2015.0107
                9fb16b4e-ac00-4d62-b8a0-c44ae91e0ced
                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/.

                History
                : 12 January 2015
                : 15 February 2015
                Categories
                Section One: The Chronic Disease Challenge for General Practitioners

                General medicine,Medicine,Geriatric medicine,Occupational & Environmental medicine,Internal medicine,Health & Social care
                health insurance,Primary health care system (PHCS),Guangdong,government health investment,California,general practitioner (GP)

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