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Healthcare for Migrants in Urban China: A New Frontier

Carine Milcent


ABSTRACT: How can healthcare access for Chinese migrants be improved?(1) Migrant workers face two types of healthcare-access exclusion in the workplace: one is financial (because of their income) and the other is social (because of the lack of social networks in the city). We use 2006 data from a survey of rural migrant workers conducted in five of the most economically-advanced cities. The empirical findings support the hypothesis of a return to the hometown for migrant workers with poor health. Apart from residency permits and income, the social integration of migrant workers is also found to be a decisive factor in healthcare access.

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Carine Milcent, « Healthcare for Migrants in Urban China: A New Frontier », China Perspectives [Online], 2010/4 | 2010, Online since 01 December 2013, connection on 22 February 2018. URL :

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