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Creating a Harmonious Society

Putting Health Back in China’s Development

Sarah Cook


A precondition for a harmonious society must surely be a healthy population; conversely a society that fails to deliver basic, affordable health care is likely to lack the social cohesion central to the concept of a harmonious society. This article examines the challenges China faces in improving health care provision, reducing health inequalities, and reviving a development strategy which prioritises good health as a basic right of all citizens.

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Sarah Cook, « Putting Health Back in China’s Development », China Perspectives [Online], 2007/3 | 2007, Online since 01 September 2010, connection on 23 September 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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